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The Swiss Pavilion addresses public health challenges during the Health and Wellness week at Expo 2020 Dubai

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Dubai,
February 07, 2022: 
The
Health and Wellness Week in the Swiss Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai,concluded
with expert’s recommendations on the importance of innovative and sustainable
initiatives to address rising public health concerns on light of the rapid
global urbanization.

Speakers during the event included
Pof. Nino Kunzli, Director of SSPH+, Dr. Carlos Duarte from King Abdullah
University of Science and Technology. Experts discussed different topics, such
as evolutionary perspectives, diet and healthy
ageing, health care professional shortage as well as water and sanitation.

Mr.
Manuel Salchli, Commissioner General of the Swiss Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai,
said: “It has to be emphasized that the world needs future generations and
scientists, as well as engaged citizens who actively contribute to create
sustainable solutions to the issues of today and tomorrow,”

From
his side, Mr. Dante Larini, Project Manager of Swissnex at the Swiss Pavilion,
said: “By 2050, more than two-thirds, or 68 per cent of the world population
will be living in urban areas, according to the UN, and this calls for key
initiatives by all stakeholders, including governments, to ensure that public
health through conception and implementation of strategic policies from the
grassroots level.”

During
the Health and Wellness Week, Swiss and UAE participants said it is imperative
that governments roll out sustainable development policies in alignment with
the UN SDGs to help people lead healthy and sustainable lives in the interest
of the planet and life on earth.

The
multidisciplinary discussions at the Health and Wellness Week stressed that the
challenges and opportunities for improving public health and wellness in urban
areas be tackled by conceptualization of smart cities and digital citizenship.

In this context `The Frontiers of Young Minds,’ a scientific journal where school
children act as reviewers of articles written by distinguished scientists, showcased at the pavilion highlighted how good science can lead
to living healthy lives on a healthy planet.

SSPH+, which took the lead during the
week, is a leading foundation of Swiss universities that assembles the
inter-university faculty of public health sciences affiliated with 12 Swiss
universities. SSPH + is also the national coordinating body for the promotion
of post-graduate university education and research in public health.

DF

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