When art met science at COP28

The Jameel Arts & Health Lab hosted Healing Arts Week at COP28 in Dubai, to engage with the intersection of climate change, the arts and human health through a series of panels and dialogues. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the World Health Organisation (WHO) spoke at a reception hosted by Community Jameel, during which he praised the work of the lab and discussed the importance of building a base of scientific evidence about the impact of art on individual and community wellbeing


At the recent COP28, the Jameel Arts & Health Lab, in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO), New York University, and CULTURUNNERS, brought to the forefront the significant role of arts in addressing climate change and global health issues.

The Lab hosted the COP28 Healing Arts Week from December 1 to 3, showcasing a series of events aimed at highlighting the arts’ contribution to human and planetary health. This included a high-level panel discussion in the COP28 Green Zone, a youth-centered live dialogue at the Jameel Arts Centre, and a private reception held by Community Jameel and the WHO Foundation to honor the Lab’s efforts in integrating arts, health, and climate concerns.

At the reception, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of WHO, praised the intersection of arts and health, noting the arts’ potential in enhancing community well-being and emphasizing the need to understand this impact scientifically to benefit people from diverse backgrounds.

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