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AFED announces 2020 report on Arab Environment: Health and the Environment in Arab Countries

Beirut, 24/03/2020

The 2020 annual report of the Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED) will discuss how a healthy environment can enhance the quality of human health. Health and the Environment in Arab Countries is the 13th report in the series on the State of Arab Environment launched by AFED in 2008, which highlighted environmental challenges and recommended solutions, and became a major reference and a main driver for policy change.

The AFED 2020 report aims to discuss the main environmental drivers, which have a major impact on various aspects of human health in the Arab countries, and propose an action plan leading to a holistic implementation of the Health factor within the SDGs. This will be done within the integrated context of sustainable development, by tackling health in terms of social, economic and environmental aspects. AFED will be cooperating in the production of its report with a host of partners, including international organizations and major players in the environmental health domain in the region. Academic AFED members among universities across the Arab region will play a key role in developing the report. The core content partners are the Faculty of Health Sciences at the American University of Beirut (AUB) and the WHO Centre for Environmental Health Action (CEHA).

Synopsis of the AFED 2020 report can be viewed on