Abu Dhabi / WAM
The nexus between public health and climate is a topic that resonates strongly with the UAE, according to Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment, who was speaking at the Climate Change Forum taking place at the World Government Summit being held in Dubai from February 10-12.
Speaking at a session titled ‘Leaders’ Roundtable: Climate Change and Public Health’, Dr. Al Zeyoudi said: “We are systematically assessing risks and identifying mitigation options at home, and ensuring that air quality, climate change and health risks are all addressed in an integrated manner. As the host of the global preparatory meeting for the UN 2019 Climate Summit, it’s my personal commitment to ensure that we raise awareness on this crucial nexus.”
The minister said that the world has already started seeing the negative effects of climate change. “From hurricanes in the Caribbean to drought in the Sahel region, we are already seeing a severe and direct impact on the health of our partners from climate change, and we must scale up our collective efforts in addressing the increasing impact of climate change on health,” Dr Al Zeyoudi added.