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The National Committee of Biosecurity holds first meeting of 2024

by Madaline Dunn

The National Committee of Biosecurity recently held its first meeting of 2024.

Chaired by HE Dr. Amna bint Abdullah Al Dahak, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment, the meeting reviewed the latest developments by the nation to promote sustainable biosecurity and the role of the Committee.

The meeting discussed a range of important topics in the field of biosecurity, including the implementation of the recommendations of the third meeting of the National Committee of Biosecurity in 2023 and the implementation of the National Biosecurity Framework 2023-2032.

HE Dr. Al Dahak said: “The UAE seeks to ensure sustainable biosecurity. Reducing the risk of biological factors is one of the most important pillars in achieving this goal, and in protecting the nation from the consequences and significant impacts of these hazards.”

Her Excellency noted that in the face of escalating global risks and threats, collaborative efforts are key to minimising the potential consequences of biological agents.

“The next stage requires us to continue enhancing efforts to build and develop capabilities to ensure greater protection from biological risks and threats. This aligns with our commitment to preserving the UAE’s environment, ensuring the sustainability of its natural resources and promoting biodiversity for future generations,” she added.

At the meeting, held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abu Dhabi, HE Dr. Al Dahak also underlined the need for the UAE to adopt a One Health approach to make progress in the areas of prevention, detection, and control of diseases affecting humans and animals, as well as continuing to work on forecasting programs and anticipating potential future diseases and epidemics.

Representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, Ministry of Health and Prevention, Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security, State Security Department, Dubai Municipality, Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA), and Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi attended the meeting.

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