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Stockholm+50

In 2022 it will be fifty years since the first United Nations conference on the human environment – the 1972 Stockholm Conference. The Government of Sweden will host a UN, high-level meeting in June 2022 to commemorate this anniversary. The aim is 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.

Responsible ministers
Annika Strandhäll
Responsible ministries
Ministry of the Environment

Background and focus of Stockholm+50

What is Stockholm+50?

Stockholm+50 is a UN high-level meeting that the Government of Sweden host together with Kenya in June 2022. It takes place on 2 and 3 June 2022, following months of consultations and discussions with individuals, communities, organizations and governments around the world. The high-level meeting aisan opportunity for the international community to strengthen cooperation and show leadership in the transformation towards a more sustainable society, in line with the declaration that was recently adopted in conjunction with the marking of the 75th anniversary of the UN.

The 1972 Stockholm Conference

The United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, also known as the Stockholm Conference, was the first UN conference on the environment and was held between 5 and 16 June 1972 in Stockholm. The meeting’s outcome document – the Stockholm Declaration – included several principles that are still important for environmental management. Another result of the meeting was the establishment of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Environment Day, held annually on 5 June.

Thematic focus of Stockholm+50

Anchored in the Decade of Action, the theme of the international meeting is “Stockholm+50: a healthy planet for the prosperity of all – our responsibility, our opportunity.” Stockholm+50 will be an occasion to raise awareness about the importance of protecting our planet. It sets a path for us to overcome the triple planetary crisis of climate change, of nature and biodiversity loss, and of pollution and waste.

Envisaged results

Stockholm+50 will be an occasion to raise awareness about the importance of protecting our planet. It sets a path for us to overcome the triple planetary crisis of climate change, of nature and biodiversity loss, and of pollution and waste. The narrative and result will be further developed together with interested governments and other partners.

When and where

Stockholm+50 takes place on 2 and 3 June 2022, in conjunctione with the World Environment Day on 5 June and the 50th anniversary of the Stockholm Conference. The meeting is expected to be arranged using both physical and digital platforms.

Participants

The meeting is expected to gather high-level representatives from a large number of countries, but also from civil society, business and academia as well as youth representatives.

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