COP27: The Prospects and Challenges for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

Amirhossein Takian, Arefeh Mousavi, Martin McKee, Vahid Yazdi-Feyzabadi, Ronald Labonté, Viroj Tangcharoensathien, Ruairí Brugha, Elizabeth Bradley, Lawrence Gostin, Eivind Engebretsen, Nir Eyal, Sharon Friel, Victor G. Rodwin, Ole F. Norheim, Mohammad Hajizadeh, Naoki Ikegami, Agnes Binagwaho, Ilona Kickbusch, Aidin Aryankhesal, Ali Akbar Haghdoost

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In line with the global trend, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has been growing vulnerable to the direct and indirect health effects of climate change including death tolls due to climatological disasters and diseases sensitive to climate change since the industrial revolution. Regarding the limited capacity of MENA countries to adapt and respond to these effects, and also after relative failures of the previous negotiation in Glasgow, in the upcoming COP27 in Egypt, the heads of the region’s parties are determined to take advantage of the opportunity to host MENA to mitigate and prevent the worst effects of climate change. This would be achieved through mobilizing international partners to support climate resilience, a major economic transformation, and put health policy and management in a strategic position to contribute to thinking and action on these pressing matters, at least to avoid or minimize the future adverse consequences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2776-2779
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Health Policy and Management
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Climate Change
  • COP27
  • Health Effects
  • MENA Region

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