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Sultan Al Jaber: 123 countries sign a declaration on health and climate change during COP28

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – During the first annual United Nations climate conference, 123 countries, on Saturday, supported a pledge that officially recognizes the link between climate change and health, according to the President of the COP28 Conference, Sultan Al Jaber.

Al Jaber announced during the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28) held in Dubai: “I am very pleased to say that up to this moment, we have received 123 commitments from countries ready to sign the health declaration.”

Al Jaber added: “Those who have not already subscribed have given me the right signals and positive responses that they will register soon.” He added that Brazil, Egypt, Fiji, Germany, Kenya, Malawi, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States are among the signatory countries.

A previous COP28 press release stated that the declaration “covers cross-sector cooperation on climate and health, reducing emissions within the health sector, and increasing the amount and proportion of financing allocated to climate and health.”

Speaking alongside Al Jaber, WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus thanked the UAE for putting health “front and center” at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28), and considered it “a game changer for climate action.”

Ghebreyesus said: “We cannot maintain good health in a world full of severe and frequent heat waves, forest fires, floods, and drought, as rising temperatures lead to the spread of infectious diseases and the destruction of crops, and air pollution itself causes climate change, causing 7 Millions of deaths annually.

2023-12-02 11:43:47

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