Stockholm+40 - international conference

Ministerial dialogue 25 April. Photo: Martina Huber/Government Offices

Ahead of Rio+20: The conference report from Stockholm+40

This report summarises important messages from the Stockholm+40 - Partnership Forum for Sustainable Development, 23-25 April. In this conference report, brief glimpses and messages from a selection of the many inspiring and promising - but also thought-provoking - lectures, debates and discussions conducted during the conference are presented. You will also read some interviews with some of the participants on the conference.

The Stockholm Call for Action was handed over

At the closing ceremony of the Stockholm+40 ministerial dialogue on 25 April, the Swedish Minister for the Environment Lena Ek and Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson handed over the Stockholm Call for Action to Dr Francisco Gaetani, Deputy Minister of the Environment in Brazil and Sha Zukang, Secretary General of Rio+20.

Stakeholders' recommendations and messages

"Equity, employment and environment are key issues that need to be advanced today", Maurice Strong, former Under-Secretary General of the United Nations and responsible for the Stockholm conference in 1972, concluded in a final session with ministers and stakeholders on 24 April. He also stressed what has been a common understanding during the conference - there is now a need to focus on sharing ideas and best practices, and above all to implement them.