Friday 3 June
Stockholmsmässan, Room 1
Organizers: Stockholm+50 Youth Task Force in partnership with youth constituencies from across the world
About: The event will start with an introduction to the Stockholm+50 Youth Task Force. A speaker from the task force will introduce the group and explain the work they have been doing over the past few months in preparation for Stockholm+50. Building on the consultations held with young people across the globe, the task force will present its key policy demands.
There will be an open discussion with a panel consisting of ministers, NGOs, and youth representatives on how to implement and move forward with the global youth demands. Participants will be invited to provide their comments, inputs, and thoughts through smaller group discussions and a virtual Mentimeter session for people joining online.
Moderator(s): Shreya Ramachandran (Stockholm+50 Youth Task Force), Björn Fondén (Stockholm+50 Youth Task Force)
- Rabecca Yogo (Stockholm+50 Task Force, Kenya)
- Saher Baig (Stockholm+50 Task Force, Pakistan)
- Alejandro Luque (Stockholm+50 Task Force, Ecuador)
- Zahra Abu Taha (Stockholm+50 Task Force, Jordan)
- Inger Andersen (UNEP)
- Julio Cordano (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile)
- Kavydass Ramano (Ministry of Environment Mauritius)
Contact person: Shreya Ramachandran (rshreya_at_gmail.com)
Event outcomes (Key transformative actions):
- Governments should introduce large-scale environmental destruction, Ecocide, as a crime in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court - for more accountability with regards to the damage to our common planet. They should also protect and restore ecosystems by immediately halting all environmentally destructive practices and recognizing nature-based solutions. We urge them to submit strengthened nationally determined contributions (NDCs), financing commitments and long-term strategies in 2022 to halve global GHG emissions by 2030.
- Governments shall immediately establish a fossil-fuel non proliferation treaty to phase out fossil fuels and scale up 100% safe, clean and sustainable energy for all in order to reach net-negative emissions by 2050. They should also immediately ensure access to W.A.S.H (water, sanitation and hygiene), COVID-19 vaccines and healthcare for all. They shall align all recovery spending into low-carbon investments, green jobs and future-proof sectors to avoid carbon lock-in of fossil fuels. Transforming the animal-industrial food system, recognizing its significant impact on climate, deforestation, animal lives, and future health risks shall also be done by governments as transition to regenerative agriculture shall be implemented. Governments should commit to expanding education to enhance capacity among youth, prepare them for green jobs and build a sustainable future.
- The youth urges Governments to adopt inclusive decision-making processes at every level for meaningful engagement of all rights holders, highlighting youth and those most strongly affected by the triple planetary crisis. They shall safeguard the peaceful democratic order through the principles of press freedom, free speech, free and fair elections and the protection of all youth activists across the world. Increasing investments in children and youth through targeted programs, support to civil society organisations, entrepreneurs and marginalised groups - recognizing that investing in children and youth gives a strong leverage towards a sustainable future, is also essential.