Leadership Dialogue 1


Leadership Dialogue 1: Reflecting on the urgent need for actions to achieve a healthy planet and prosperity of all


Thursday 2 June, 15:00 - 18:00 CEST

Languages: AR, ZH, EN, FR, RU, ES

Co-Chairs: Canada and Ecuador

Moderator: Nozipho Tshabalala

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See below a summary of Leadership Dialogue 1 

Key messages for action

1. Resetting our relationship with nature is essential to achieve a healthy planet and prosperity of all. Member States and participants expressed a real sense of urgency to act, at the required scale, and transform our socioeconomic systems. It was recognized that these transformations require new measures of progress, and a fundamental change in attitudes and behavior.

2. Greater accountability is required to deliver on national and international responsibilities and address the triple planetary crises in integrated ways. Leadership was essential to drive the sustainability agenda – both in fulfilling existing commitments and to further global cooperation on the climate, biodiversity and pollution agendas.

3. It was recognized that human rights, intergenerational equity and inclusion are fundamental elements of sustainable development. Action to transform socioeconomic systems can be informed by the human right to a healthy, clean and sustainable environment, as well as by remedying the human rights impacts of current development impacts and upholding justice.

4. Restoring trust through effective multilateralism and partnerships can strengthen international cooperation and solidarity. A fair platform was important to accelerate action, bringing together different actors and means to respond to shared challenges, and allowing every country the right to be heard.

5. Systemic changes in consumption and production systems needs to be accelerated, providing for fair transitions in high impact sectors, including food systems. Action to scale progress on SDG12 include transforming value chains, addressing resource efficiency and promoting circular economy approaches. The role of business and the importance of multi-stakeholder approaches were emphasized.

6. Achieving a healthy planet and prosperity of all requires the alignment of financial flows – public and private, domestic and international – to these ends. Political will to drive just transitions, scaling-up sustainable finance and repurposing harmful subsidies, as well as technology and knowledge sharing are all critical steps.

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Panelist summary

Azza Karam

Azza Karam, Secretary-General, Religions for Peace | Bio

Question: In the run up to Stockholm, we have heard of the importance of ethics and values as key to a healthy planet and responsibility. How can we drive the required transformation in ethics and values and how can Stockholm help to deliver on this?

Response - main message: We need fundamental behavioural change to achieve a healthy planet. Faith leaders are key figures in driving this change, they should be convened and held accountable.

Achim Steiner

Achim Steiner, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme | Bio

Question: Fifty years on from Stockholm, what needs to be true for multilateralism to have repaired and rebuilt trust?

Response - main message: To repair and rebuild trust we need to ensure a fair and equitable global platform where countries with different responsibilities and means can come together on equal footing to agree on science-based solutions.

Vanessa Nakate

Vanessa Nakate, Climate justice activist and founder of the Africa-based Rise Up Movement | Bio

Question: Youth have emerged as a voice of conscience for intergenerational responsibility, social equity and climate justice. In practical terms, what kind of indicators do we need to set up at Stockholm+50 so that we can track progress?

Response - main message: Climate justice means no new extraction of fossil fuels; scaling-up and delivering climate finance though grants rather than loans; and setting-up a new fund for loss and damage.

John F. Kerry

John F. Kerry, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate | Bio

Question: Stockholm that trust is broken – that we have many levels of trust deficits.  In your role as a global climate champion, what are the key levers of change to address this lack of trust and the intertwined crises of the planet and society that we are witnessing?

Response - main message: To build trust, we must act now based on science and available technologies. A circular and sustainable market is possible and fossil fuel dependency must end.

Antonio Herman Benjamin

Antonio Herman Benjamin, Justice at High Court of Brazil (STJ) and President of the Global Judicial Institute on the Environment | Bio

QuestionStrengthening capacity on the environmental rule of law is a message we have heard. What is needed in the near future to strengthen the rules-based approach to create a healthy planet and prosperity of all?

Response - main message: We have entered a new era in the environmental movement, where implementation and enforcement of the environmental rule of law are urgent and critical. Judges have therefore become key agents of change and action.

Sunita Narain

Sunita Narain, Director General, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) | Bio

Question: In the run-up to Stockholm+50, we have heard about environmental injustices – across genders, generations, individuals and countries. How do we make environmental justice central to economic and financial policy making?

Response - main message: Sustainable development requires inclusive and affordable growth, through transformational rather than incremental action.

Virginijus Sinkevičius

Virginijus Sinkevičius, EU commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries | Bio

QuestionUrgent system-wide transformations of high impact sectors are required to accelerate the shift to more sustainable consumption and production, including through the adoption of circular economy. What would be a good way to enhance the dialogue on Sustainable Consumption and Production globally and institutionally?

Response - main message: Sustainable Consumption and Production deserves more attention from global policymakers as it provides high-impact solutions through approaches like resource efficiency and circular economy. A good way to increase attention and enhance knowledge exchange is to create an international forum or dialogue on Sustainable Development Goal 12.

Dario Mejía Montalvo

Dario Mejía Montalvo, Leader of the National Indigenous Organization of Colombia (ONIC) and Chair of UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues) | Bio

Question: A healthy planet is essential for our social and economic progress, well-being and resilience. What role is required from indigenous peoples and local communities for effective and future oriented decision-making and as agents of change?

Response - main message: There is much to learn from the governance structures and environmental stewardship of indigenous peoples based on principles like humility and coherence. Ensuring their active participation in decision-making processes, their autonomy, territorial and cultural integrity, as well as socio-economic justice within the energy transition will be key.


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