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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 has offered to host a high-level meeting in conjunction with 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
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Ministry of the Environment
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    The UN brought together the world’s environment ministers at the virtual environment assembly UNEA 5, which focused among other things on global recovery after the pandemic. Several countries, including Sweden, highlighted the problems of plastic pollution in the oceans and the need for a global agreement on plastics. The assembly concluded with a kick-off ahead of the 50th anniversary of the UN Environment Programme, which will be marked in 2022.

  • Organisations provided input for high-level environmental conference

    Six participants in the meeting.
    Six of the participants in the meeting, from left to right: Ann-Sofie Eriksson, Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions; Fredrika Andersson, National Council of Swedish Youth Organisations; Helena Lindemark, 2022 Initiative Foundation; Jens Henriksson, Swedish Consumers’ Association; Marcus Morfeldt, Confederation of Swedish Enterprise and Sofia Hedström, Friends of the Earth Sweden. Photo illustration: Jens Persson /Government Offices of Sweden.

    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.

Background and focus of Stockholm+50

What is Stockholm+50?

Stockholm+50 is a high-level meeting that the Government of Sweden plans to hold in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the first UN conference on the human environment – the 1972 Stockholm Conference. The anniversary and the high-level meeting are an 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

The focus of Stockholm+50 is on how we can redefine our relationship to nature, from one of take–make–waste to one of sustainable use and conservation. Focus will also be on how to foster a continued green and inclusive recovery, leaving no one behind. The role of young people in this transformation will be considered, as well as what role nature-based solutions can play. Global challenges require global solutions. A development perspective will also be integrated throughout the meeting.

Envisaged results

The aim of Stockholm+50 is to contribute to concrete action, leveraging sustainable consumption and production patterns and nature-based solutions in order to achieve climate-neutral, resilient, circular and inclusive economies. The narrative and result will be further developed together with interested governments and other partners.

When and where

Stockholm+50 is expected to be held in June 2022, in close conjunction with the World Environment Day and the 50th anniversary of the Stockholm Conference. The meeting is expected to be arranged using both physical and digital platforms.


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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