Environment and Quality of Life

The partnership outcome is to see much stronger implementation, monitoring and enforcement of Kuwait’s urban and environmental policies, plans, laws, and regulations. At present, the regulatory framework for environmental sustainability has some critical gaps to be addressed and aligned with ratified multi-lateral environmental agreements (MEAs)[1]. UN-supported policy and programme interventions through newly established Kuwait Climate Change Center will identify and address the most critical policy, regulatory and institutional capacity gaps to achieve:  Improved water-use efficiency, Increased investments in energy efficiency (public and private), The regular collection and safe disposal of urban solid waste, an increase in the national recycling rate, and the protection of sites supporting critical biodiversity. The MoH will have a renewed, integrated approach to promote health and wellness and prevent and control NCDs, collaboration with the private sector. This will produce a set of high-quality green & white papers for health promotion, prevention & control of NCDs: Not smoking, healthy diet and weight, regular exercise, restorative sleep; low to moderate stress levels[2]. Stronger regulatory enforcement and monitoring procedures and tools will be used to ensure food safety and restrict access to tobacco and other narcotics.

 

[1] For example: (1) Implementation of the climate change convention (UNFCC) requires enhanced knowledge about future impacts and vulnerabilities with tangible, costed policy measures, (2) Approved action programmes to combat desertification (UNCCD) require new government and non-state capacities for implementation; and (3) Numerous areas of concern for the biodiversity convention (CBD) have not received sufficient attention and funding and there are major gaps in data and information sharing among stakeholders.

[2] Alfadhli S. Al-Mazeedi S. Bodner M.E. Dean E, Discordance between Lifestyle-related Health Practices and Beliefs of People Living in

Kuwait: A Community-based Study, Medical Principles and Practice, 2016.