World Economic Forum speakers urge governments to lead sustainability efforts

Thani Ahmed al-Zeyoudi, the Minister of Climate Change and Environment for the United Arab Emirates, said the humanitarian effects of climate change are huge, in a session held Sunday at the World Economic Forum (WEF) on the Middle East and North Africa.

“When it comes to the impact of climate change… We’ve seen a lot of natural disasters, like the cyclone in Mozambique, diseases reappeared,” al-Zeyoudi said.

“If we don’t do the proper planning and infrastructure to be resilient to natural disaster, the numbers will be much higher,” he added.

“In the field of climate change and environments, we need leaders,” he said, adding that when members of the private sector see leaders implementing climate change policies, they will follow suit.

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