Art champions and health thinkers unite at COP28 for common good
The Jameel Arts & Health Lab's COP28 Healing Arts Week promoted a global dialogue about the role of the arts in human and environmental health through a series of panels and dialogues held at the Green Zone and the Blue Zone. During a reception hosted by Community Jameel and the World Health Organisation (WHO) Foundation, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of WHO, said: “The arts can be a powerful ally in our quest to improve health for all. I have seen the impact of the arts on community well-being, and I’m very pleased that this collaboration (with the Jameel Arts & Health Lab) will help us understand the science of that impact in order to improve the lives of people from all backgrounds.”
Nisha Sajnani, co-director, Jameel Arts & Health Lab, spoke at a panel moderated by Cléa Daridan, senior curator - cultural lead, Community Jameel, and Mikey Muhanna, founder and executive director, Afikra.
Nisha said: “We need to leverage available evidence on the health benefits of engaging in the arts to address the health impacts of climate change. The science tells us that artists and creative arts therapists are valuable partners in communicating the health impacts of climate change and facilitating reconnecting with one’s environment, and coalition building towards a culture of sustainability.”