Dr. Maria Neira


Director, Department of Public Health, Environment and Social Determinants of Health
World Health Organisation (WHO)


9:00 AM Keynote Address: Air pollution and the connection to respiratory diseases

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 12.6 million people die from environmental health risks annually. Air pollution has become the fourth highest risk factor for premature deaths – one in 10 deaths worldwide is attributable to air pollution exposure. 9 out of 10 people breathe contaminated outdoor air that exceeds the acceptable levels set by the World Health Organization guidelines. This presentation will address:

  • WHO’s guidelines on air pollution- UAE’s current position
  • Regional strategy for air pollution
  • Monitoring air quality in the UAE to combat respiratory diseases
  • Projects to improve air quality and reduce pollutants


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