DUBAI, December 16, 2021 (WAM) – The United Arab Emirates participated in the 10th Global Conference on Health Promotion for Well-being, Equity and Sustainable Development, held virtually from 13-15 December.
The World Health Organization (WHO) organized the conference, which was attended by Heads of State and Government, Ministers, global experts in health promotion, representatives of international organizations, partners in development, civil society organizations, professional organizations, patient organizations, think tanks and universities.
Abdul Rahman bin Mohamed Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention, delivered a speech on behalf of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. He said: âSince its founding 50 years ago, the UAE has firmly believed that investing in people leads to the best results and returns. As stated by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan , the founding father of being is true wealth. ‘”
Al Owais added: âAlthough it was created only 50 years ago, the UAE has become one of the countries that formulate standards and measures for nations to flourish. United Arab Emirates participated in the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2020, in collaboration with the United Nations, under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. has also held a seat representing the Asia-Pacific region and Arab groups, and has been instrumental in issues such as energy, education, global partnership, health, water and empowerment women.”
The UAE Minister of Health continued: “We are now moving forward more than ever to achieve what we have planned and look forward to the future. We, together with the Cabinet team, have approved the National Strategy for well-being 2031 to promote an integrated concept of well-being to advance the quality of human life in all aspects of life, including economic, social, environmental and health aspects. “
âGlobal solidarity, the mobilization of national energies, the transfer of knowledge and the provision of quality health services to those in need are the backbone of the fight against COVID-19 and future pandemics. We are pleased with what the UAE has accomplished in this area. However, we must remain vigilant and maintain all preventive, curative and rehabilitation measures to enter the recovery phase at the social, economic and health levels, âAl Owais concluded.
The objectives of the conference were to expand health promotion to advance well-being and equity, build on evidence and experience, promote healthier populations; identify realistic interventions for the promotion of health and well-being to accelerate progress towards the achievement of the SDGs; underline the role of health promotion in preparing for and responding to public health emergencies, and seizing opportunities to build healthier and more just societies; explore innovative approaches to health promotion to enable societies and communities to flourish.