“Stockholm+50: a healthy planet for the prosperity of all – our responsibility, our opportunity”

Securing a healthy and prosperous planet for all means embarking on a joint journey where our footprint of today does not hamper the well-being of current and future generations

Posted May 24, 2022
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02 May - 03 May

Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm+50 presents an opportunity for co-creation and a multi-stakeholder approach to accelerate implementation in the coming decade in areas fundamental to a sustainable future: the relationship between human and nature, what we invest in, and how resources are used and shared.

Five decades after the 1972 UN Conference in Stockholm made the link between environment and poverty and placed it at the forefront of the international agenda, Stockholm welcomes the world again.

The meeting will reflect on the urgency of our planetary crises against a backdrop of geopolitical uncertainty underscoring that peace and conflict is intertwined with the availability and access to natural resources as fundamental as energy and food. It will address intergenerational responsibility, focus on high impact implementation opportunities and recognize the interconnectivity between stakeholders and policy issues.

Sweden hosts Stockholm+50, with the support of Kenya. It will be during the same week as World Environment Day on June 5.

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REMINDER:  Have you taken the 'State of the Planet' Global Survey?

We want to hear from you. Your opinions, your ideas.

How do YOU think the world is progressing towards a sustainable future? Do you think we will hit or miss the emissions reduction target of halving current emissions by 2030?

10 questions, 5 minutes, take it here now.      

 

The UNDP daily hour on STHLM+50 Climate Hub

UNDP and We Don't Have Time will co-host a public and live broadcast arena during the week of Stockholm+50 leading up to World Environment Day 2022.  The daily UNDP hour on STHLM+50 Climate Hub brings together some of the world’s most notable experts to make sense of the Stockholm+50 conference and the most pressing climate concerns of our times. Join us as ministers, United Nations experts, scientists, entrepreneurs and youth activists from every corner of the globe discuss climate change from a human perspective.  

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National Consultations: FIRST FINDING

NEW VIDEO SUMMARY

The objective of the national consultations is to stimulate an inclusive whole-of-society and whole-of-government dialogue on the main themes of Stockhom+50 and the Leadership Dialogues as they relate to each national context.

The consultations will provide in-person and virtual platforms for ideas, insights, and innovation sharing. With financial support from the Government of Sweden and facilitation by UNDP, 50+ Stockholm+50 National Consultations are running between February and May 2022.

To learn more about the national consultations, please see the online SparkBlue Dialogue Platform.

 

Side Events

A High-Level Stockholm+50 Roundtable Financing Plastics Circularity: An innovative approach to development finance for SDGs will take place on 1 June co-hosted by the Governments of Sweden and the United States in collaboration with UNDP and the Alliance to End Plastic Waste. This Roundtable will host high-level representatives from the United Nations, member states, businesses, and investors exploring pathways to attract innovative financing to address plastic pollution globally.

Full list of side events here: https://www.stockholm50.global/events/side-events

 

“WHAT IF?” Stockholm Impact Meetup co-hosted by Norrsken Foundation, UN Foundation, City of Stockholm and UNDP

On the sidelines of Stockholm+50, Norrsken Foundation, City of Stockholm, UNDP and the UN Foundation will co-host a high-level Impact Meetup in Stockholm on 2 June. By bringing together the minds of investors, innovators, entrepreneurs and leading policy-makers for an open brainstorm the event aspires to put forward new perspectives and ideas on how we can speed up climate action and a green transition towards a fossil free economy. What if it works?

Among the speakers are Anna König Jerlmyr, Mayor of Stockholm, Elizabeth Cousens, President and Chief Executive Officer of UN Foundation, and Cassie Flynn, UNDP Strategic Advisor on Climate Change and Head of the Climate Promise.

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UNDP Hour: Stage Programme

The right to a healthy environment: From resolution to reality

In 2021, for the first time ever, the United Nations Human Rights Council passed a resolution recognizing that access to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment is a human right.

What does this new resolution mean for people and planet? What is needed for this right to be effectively executed? And will the country consultations contribute to a more equitable form of decision-making during Stockholm+50?

  • Speakers: David R. Boyd, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment; Archana Soreng; Environmental Activist and member from the Secretary General’s Youth Advisory Group on Climate; Gustavo Manrique, Minister of Environment, Water and Ecological Transition and Matilde Mordt, UNDP Resident Representative of Ecuador. 
  • Moderator: Victor Galaz, Deputy Director at the Stockholm Resilience Centre
  • Date and time: 31 May, 12.00 - 13.00 CEST / 6.00 am - 7.00 am EST
  • Location: Stockholm, Sweden and online

 

The footprint of Stockholm+50: What brought us here and what could the conference bring?

Since the first international conference on human environment in Stockholm in 1972, we have seen five decades of increasing planetary concerns, but also achievements, from the Rio Declaration to the Paris Agreement.

Against the historical backdrop of deterioration of the natural habitat, and the successes and set-backs of previous climate conferences this session asks: What are countries and the UN system doing now to speed up progress? And what can we – realistically – expect from Stockholm+50?

  • Speakers: Matilda Ernkrans, Sweden’s Minister for International Development Cooperation; Achim Steiner, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme; Jan Mårtenson, Swedish Ambassador and Secretary-General of the Swedish National Committee for the Stockholm-Conference 1972
  • Moderator: Isabella Lövin, Chair of the Stockholm Environment Institute Board
  • Date and time: 1 June, 12.00 - 13.00 CEST / 6.00 am - 7.00 am EST
  • Location: Stockholm, Sweden and online

 

The unequal impact of climate change

Scientists have long sounded the alarm that climate change will disproportionately affect the most vulnerable, including women, children, ethnic minorities, poor communities and migrants. The effects of climate change could push 130 million people into poverty within the next ten years, widening the economic inequality, both within and between countries.

This session seeks to improve our understanding of the complex layers of climate inequality and the solutions that are being put in place for a just and sustainable future for all.

  • Speakers: Allison Matthews, Head of Minecraft Education; Cassie Flynn, UNDP Strategic Advisor on Climate Change; Boaz Paldi, UNDP Global Partnerships and Engagement Manager
  • Moderator: Isabella Lövin, Chair of the Stockholm Environment Institute Board
  • Date and time: 2 June, 12.00 - 13.00 CEST / 6.00 am - 7.00 am EST
  • Location: Stockholm, Sweden and online

 

The growing field of climate innovation: What will the future bring?

The need for transformative and collaborative innovation to drive the world towards net zero greenhouse gas emissions is more important than ever. The good news is that an increasing number of creative minds, innovators, investors, and companies are getting involved in climate innovation, and the commitment appears to grow with the increasing concern for our planet. 

What solutions are currently being implemented and what impact can we realistically expect from the growing field of climate innovation?

  • Speakers: Lisen Oliw, Head of Nordics at Norrsken; Peter Fiekowski, Physicist and Engineer, author of the book “Climate Restoration – the Only Future that will Sustain the Human Race”; Kewmars Kazemzadeh, Founder of Flexpenser; Cecilia Repinski, Founder of Green Asset Wallet
  • Moderator: Victor Galaz, Deputy Director at the Stockholm Resilience Centre
  • Date and time: 3 June, 12.00 - 13.00 CEST / 6.00 am - 7.00 am EST
  • Location: Stockholm, Sweden and online

 

Young voices at the forefront of climate action

Climate change impacts everyone, but the future belongs to young people. The demands from young people get louder and youth-led action on climate change is growing strong across the globe. Whether through education, activism, innovation, science or technology, young people are scaling up their efforts and using their skills to accelerate climate action.

So, from a youth perspective: What are the main outcomes of Stockholm+50? How do we move forward? And how can we ensure that the voices of young people are heard and acted upon?

  • Speakers: Johanna Lissinger Peitz, Stockholm +50 Ambassador and Senior Advisor at the Ministry of the Environment/the Swedish Government Offices; Daniel Calarco, Founder of the International Youth Watch and global ambassador of the Generation 17 Program of UNDP; Archana Soreng, Environmental Activist, member of the Secretary General’s Youth Advisory Group on Climate; Isabelle Axelsson, Environmental Activist, Fridays for Future; Máximo Mazzocco, Founder and Managing Director of Eco House Global
  • Moderator: Clara Henry, Swedish actress, blogger, comedian, television presenter and author
  • Music performance by Sarah Klang
  • Date and time: 5 June, 12.00 - 13.30 CEST / 6.00 am - 7.30 am EST
  • Location: Stockholm, Sweden and online