Isabella Lövin is no longer a government minister, Minister for Environment and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister
Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister
Minister for International Development Cooperation
Organisations provided input for high-level environmental conference
Civil society, the business sector and municipalities have an important role in the efforts for sustainable development. State Secretary Eva Svedling invited organisations and networks that are involved in this issue from different perspectives to a discussion on the focus of the Stockholm+50 high-level conference. One suggestion from the consultation was that Stockholm+50 should be action-oriented and highlight the conditions for, and obstacles to, implementing global goals.
The world is in the midst of global biodiversity loss, ecosystem degradation and climate change. These crises affect all of us living now. In a speech on the state of the planet, the UN Secretary-General has expressed the view that humanity is waging a war against nature and that we are already seeing the consequences of this. Our relationship with nature needs to change.
Thanks to various conventions, the countries of the world are working together to reduce emissions and negative environmental impacts, but in order to achieve the international environmental and climate goals, ambitions must increase sharply. The Government wants to increase dialogue and cooperation by organising a global high-level conference in Stockholm, 50 years after the first environmental conference took place in Stockholm in 1972.
Ms Svedling and Ambassador Johanna Lissinger Peitz invited organisations that are active in areas such as the environment, business, development assistance and indigenous peoples to include their input in the planning and focus of the conference.
Stockholm+50 will contribute to redefining our relationship with nature and support a green recovery from the pandemic, with a focus on the transition to sustainable consumption and production, nature-based solutions and the role of young people in the transition. The ambition is for the meeting to result in concrete measures during the 2020s, which the UN has called the Decade of Action, but also beyond 2030.
The participants were positive about the conference’s planned focus on sustainable consumption and production and nature-based solutions, as measures in this area are central to preventing biodiversity loss and climate change. During the consultation, various suggestions for the focus of Stockholm+50 were presented, and some examples are described here. Stockholm+50 should be action-oriented and highlight conditions and obstacles to implementing global goals. A focus on the circular economy and economic measurement methods was highlighted as important, as was the question of how investments can affect the relationship with nature. The business sector has an important role and businesses can contribute in various ways to sustainable development. Stockholm+50 could therefore contribute to long-term regulatory frameworks and technical development.
Many of the organisations emphasised the importance of reaching out widely and including various sectors and organisations in the preparation and implementation, not least indigenous peoples who can contribute traditional knowledge and a holistic perspective in relation to nature. The perspectives of young people and young adults must be taken into account and it is important to ensure that their participation is meaningful. Through both physical and digital platforms for the conference, more people can be included. Many organisations emphasised the importance of a just, equitable and inclusive transition.
The Ministry of the Environment will take on board the views and proposals that emerged during the meeting to see how they can contribute to the continued work on the Stockholm+50 high-level conference. Sweden will continue to seek views from various actors, including internationally.
The following organisations participated in the meeting:
- World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)
- Friends of the Earth Sweden
- Swedish Society for Nature Conservation
- ChemSec – the International Chemical Secretariat
- 2022 Initiative Foundation
- National Council of Swedish Youth Organisations
- Fältbiologerna (‘Field Biologists’)
- National Union of the Swedish Sami People
- United Nations Association of Sweden
- Oxfam Sweden
- CONCORD Sweden
- Haga Initiative
- Confederation of Swedish Enterprise
- Swedish Consumers’ Association
- Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions
- End Ecocide
- Swedish Red Cross
- Olof Palme International Center
- Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation