Ministry of the Environment

The Ministry of the Environment is responsible for the Government’s environmental and climate policy. The Ministry works on issues concerning the climate, biological diversity, chemicals, ecocycles, nature and forest conservation, marine and water environments, radiation safety and international environmental cooperation.

Responsible minister

Annika Strandhäll, Minister for Social Security
Annika Strandhäll Minister for Climate and the Environment

News from Ministry of the Environment

  • Stockholm agenda shows way forward following Stockholm+50

    • family photo

      On 2–3 June 2022, Sweden and Kenya co-hosted the UN high-level conference Stockholm+50 in Stockholm. The aim of Stockholm+50 is to help increase the pace of the transition towards a sustainable and green society, more jobs and an environment in balance for everyone, where no one is left behind.

      Photo: Duncan Moore/UN Photo

    • opening ceremony

      Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson during the opening ceremony of Stockholm+50.

      Photo: Viktor Petersson/ The Government Offices of Sweden

    • at the opening of the conference

      The Swedish King, the President of Kenya and the Swedish Prime Minister at the opening of Stockholm+50 on June 2. Sweden and Kenya co-host the UN high-level conference Stockholm+50 in Stockholm.

      Photo: Duncan Moore/UN Photo

    • press briefing

      On the first day of Stockholm+50, UNEP Executive Director Inger Andersen, Minister for Climate and the Environment Annika Strandhäll and Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Environment and Forestry gave an introductory pressbriefing.

      Photo: Nicole Dreher Sköld/Regeringskansliet

    • Kerry and Andersson

      US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry and Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson at the UN high-level conference Stockholm+50. This year marks 50 years since the first UN conference on the human environment – the 1972 Stockholm Conference – was held, on the initiative of Olof Palme.

      Photo: Ninni Andersson/The Government Offices of Sweden

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      Matilda Ernkrans, Minister for International Development Cooperation, Ann Linde, Minister for Foreign Affairs and UN Secretary-General António Guterres.

      Photo: Frida Drake/The Government Offices of Sweden

    • Andersson and Guterres

      Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson received UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday 1 June. Mr Guterres will be in Stockholm for the Stockholm+50 UN high-level conference.

      Photo: Ninni Andersson/The Government Offices of Sweden

    • people in a  meeting room

      Close to one hundred participants representing countries, industries and international organisations met in Stockholm on June 1 under the LeadIT initiative to discuss the climate transition of heavy industry. The meeting was hold in connection with Stockholm+50. Minister for Climate and the Environment Annika Strandhäll attended the meeting.

      Photo: Linnea Donaldson/ The Government Offices of Sweden

    • people in a meeting room

      On June 1, Sweden and the US hosted a meeting where the business sector, civil society and some 10 countries discussed solutions to reduce plastic pollution and increase recycling of plastics. The meeting was hold in connection with Stockholm+50. Minister for Climate and the Environment Annika Strandhäll attended the meeting.

      Photo: Viktor Petersson/The Government Offices of Sweden

    • logotyp of the meeting and a silhouette of Stockholm

      Stockholm+50 takes place on 2 and 3 June, during the International climate and environment week in Stockholm.

      Illustration: UNEP and The Government Offices of Sweden

    Some 150 countries gathered in Stockholm to focus on the climate and environment. Sweden and Kenya have now summarised the results in a Stockholm agenda – 10 recommendations to the world to accelerate the pace of the transition.

  • Sweden becomes government partner and board member of US-led climate coalition

    Press release: Sweden joins the First Movers Coalition
    Sweden joins the First Movers Coalition Government Offices of Sweden

    At the request of the United States, Sweden has joined the First Movers Coalition (FMC). Sweden will also sit on the FMC advisory board. The FMC brings together companies and countries that are leading the climate transition by driving the development of climate-smart products. Four major Swedish companies are already members of the FMC.

  • Annika Strandhäll to lead preparatory UN meeting ahead of Stockholm+50

    Minister for Climate and the Environment Annika being interviewed Strandhäll
    Minister for Climate and the Environment Annika Strandhäll Ninni Andersson/Government Offices of Sweden

    On Monday 28 March, Minister for Climate and the Environment Annika Strandhäll will lead a meeting at the UN Headquarters in New York. The UN is hosting the meeting as part of the practical preparations for the Stockholm+50 international meeting.

  • Historic resolution at United Nations Environment Assembly to initiate negotiations on global agreement on plastic pollution

    Photo: Unep (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

    The United Nations Environment Assembly endorsed a historic resolution to initiate negotiations on a global agreement on plastic pollution. This will be the most important environmental agreement since the Paris Agreement. Sweden has long been a driving force for a global solution to plastic pollution.

Illustration: UNEP

Stockholm+50

In June 2022 it was fifty years since the first United Nations conference on the human environment took place – the 1972 Stockholm Conference. The Government of Sweden hosted a UN, high-level meeting on 2-3 June 2022 to commemorate this anniversary. The aim was to contribute to accelerating a transformation that leads to sustainable and green economies, more jobs, and a healthy planet for all, where no one is left behind.

Photo: Johnér

The Swedish way: Sweden's climate policy framework

In 2017, Sweden’s Riksdag decided by a large political majority to introduce a climate policy framework with a climate act for Sweden. This framework is the most important climate reform in Sweden’s history and sets out implementation of the Paris Agreement in Sweden. By 2045, Sweden is to have zero net emissions of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

Content from the Ministry of Environment and Energy

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