UNDP Hour at STHLM+50 Climate Hub

20 May 2022
Event Details

31 May - 05 June

Stockholm SPACE Arena and Online

Don't miss the UNDP Hour at STHLM+50 Climate Hub!

We are bringing 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 time. 
 

Join us for the UNDP Hour at the STHLM+50 Climate Hub where ministers, United Nations experts, scientists, entrepreneurs and youth activists from across the globe discuss climate change and climate solutions from a human perspective. 

In person at the STHLM+50 Climate Hub at SPACE arena by Sergels torg in Stockholm or via livestream.

The STHLM+50 Climate Hub is hosted by UNDP, We Don’t Have Time and partners. 

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UNDP Hour Sessions:
 

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. 

The air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink; our health, wellbeing and survival all depend on a clean, healthy and sustainable environment. The new resolution underscores the right to participate in decision-making processes, to have access to information and the ability to seek and secure effective remedies. In this spirit, UNDP has hosted country consultations with citizens in over 50 countries ahead of Stockholm+50. 

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

  • Ulrika Modéer, UN Assistant Secretary General and Director of the Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy at UNDP

  • 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 in Equador

  • 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



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.

Whilst the status of our environment has deteriorated into what is now referred to as a triple planetary crisis of climate, biodiversity loss and pollution, the character of the international dialogue has also changed. The tone has sharpened to the point where the very survival of humanity is in question.  

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, Minister for International Development Cooperation in Sweden

  • Achim Steiner, UN Under Secretary General and 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 and former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Environment and Climate in Sweden

Date and time: 1 June, 12.00 - 13.00 CEST / 6.00 am - 7.00 am EST



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.

As the gap between rich and poor is likely to deepen as climate disruptions continue, so are the opportunities for new generations to enjoy a healthy planet where they can live and prosper. A child born today in the Global North is twice as likely to experience extreme weather conditions than its grandparents, whilst a child in the Global South is three times more likely to experience extreme weather conditions than its grandparents.

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, Strategic Advisor on Climate Change at UNDP

  • Boaz Paldi, Global Partnerships and Engagement Manager at UNDP

  • Natalie Mangondo, Youth Fellow in Finance with the UN Climate Change High Level Champions Team

  • Daniel Calarco, Founder of the International Youth Watch and global ambassador of the Generation 17 Program of UNDP

Moderator: Isabella Lövin, Chair of the Stockholm Environment Institute Board and former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Environment and Climate in Sweden

Date and time: 2 June, 12.00 - 13.00 CEST / 6.00 am - 7.00 am EST



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.  

Thousands of companies have made public commitments to net zero emissions and new types of funding mechanisms have emerged. Organizations and leaders, on both international and national level, are pursuing net zero pathways and increasing investments in green jobs, adaptation, just transition, climate finance, circular economy and more. 

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

Speakers:

  • Peter Fiekowsky, Physicist and Engineer, author of the book “Climate Restoration – the Only Future that will Sustain the Human Race”

  • Lisen Oliw, Head of Nordics at Norrsken Foundation

  • Kewmars Kazemzadeh, Founder of Flexpenser

  • Cecilia Repinski, Founder of Green Asset Wallet

  • Joshua Amponsem, Green Africa Youth Organization

  • Máximo Mazzocco, Founder and Managing Director of Eco House Global

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



Young voices at the forefront of climate action

Climate change impacts everyone, but the future belongs to young people. As the grip of climate change tightens, young people are leading efforts to change the future by demanding climate action from their governments.

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 Office

  • Juan Pablo Celis Garcia, Youth Programme Coordinator at UNEP 

  • Beniam Gebrezghi, Program Specialist Civil Society & Youth at UNDP

  • Archana Soreng, Environmental Activist and 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 

  • Natalie Mangondo, Youth Fellow in Finance with the UN Climate Change High Level Champions Team

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



About STHLM+50 Climate Hub 

The STHLM+50 Climate Hub is an associated event to Stockholm+50 and offers a unique public platform to discuss and amplify the ambitions, and eventually the outcomes, of the Stockholm+50 conference. The STHLM+50 Climate Hub is hosted by UNDP, We Don’t Have Time and partners, and the stage programme runs for the entire week from 31 May, leading up to World Environment Day 2022 on 5 June. Register at We Don't Have Time STHLM+50 Climate Hub to get notified about the upcoming UNDP Hour sessions and broadcasts.

About Stockholm+50

Stockholm+50 is a two-day international meeting that will bring the global environment community together, five decades after the 1972 UN Conference on the Human Environment, to accelerate action 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. The meeting will provide leaders with an opportunity to draw on 50 years of multilateral environmental action to achieve the bold and urgent action needed to secure a better future on a healthy planet.

Stockholm+50 is convened by the United Nations and is hosted by Sweden with support from the Government of Kenya. The conference will be held in Stockholm from 2 – 3 June 2022. For more information about the conference: www.stockholm50.global