In May 2021, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution to bring the global environmental community together in Stockholm, Sweden for a major international environmental meeting on June 2 and 3 2022, the week of World Environment Day.
“Stockholm+50: a healthy planet for the prosperity of all – our responsibility, our opportunity” (Stockholm+50) will take place five decades after the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment. The event will provide leaders with an opportunity to draw on 50 years of multilateral environmental action to achieve the bold and urgent action needed to secure a better future on a healthy planet.
By recognizing the importance of multilateralism in tackling the Earth’s triple planetary crisis – climate, nature, and pollution – the event will to act as a springboard accelerate the implementation of the UN Decade of Action to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals, including the 2030 Agenda, Paris Agreement on climate change, the post-2020 global Biodiversity Framework, and encourage the adoption of green post-COVID-19 recovery plans.
The meeting will also reinforce the messages and the outcomes of the event to commemorate UNEP’s 50th anniversary ([email protected]), which will have taken place in March 2022, in Nairobi.
Stockholm+50 is convened by the United Nations and is hosted by Sweden with support from the Government of Kenya.
Per Bolund, Sweden’s former Minister for the Environment and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister, said “Our aim is clear, we want Stockholm+50 to make a concrete contribution to accelerating the transformation to a sustainable future. We call this meeting to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the 1972 conference. We are running out of time and urgent action is needed. These challenges are global, and we must meet them with a global response that drives action on the ground.”
Inger Andersen, Executive Director of UNEP, who has been appointed by UN Secretary-General António Guterres as the Secretary General of the Stockholm+50 international meeting, said: “We need to urgently work to transform our economies and societies, but our branches will spread only as far as our roots are deep. By remembering Stockholm at 50, we also remember how the world came together to heal the ozone layer in 2013, phase out leaded fuel this year and stop endangered species from going extinct. By convening in Stockholm, we also recommit to human and planetary health, responsibility, prosperity, equality and peace – as we have seen only too clearly in COVID-19.”
A healthy planet for the prosperity of all – our responsibility, our opportunity
Principles of engagement
Rebuild relationships of trust
Accelerate system wide actions for a sustainable and inclusive recovery
Connect and build bridges across agendas
Rethink conceptions and measures of progress and wellbeing
Support a universal recognition of the human right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment
Explore rights of nature
Mainstream alternative knowledge systems
Enhance youth, women, IPLC engagement in decision making around sustainability transitions