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National Consultations ahead of Stockholm+50 are launched in Zimbabwe
Harare, March 10, 2022. Five decades after the 1972 UN Conference in Stockholm placed environmental concerns at the forefront of the international agenda, the UN General Assembly, through its resolution 75/280 of 24 May 2021, agreed to convene an international meeting entitled “Stockholm+50: a healthy planet for the prosperity of all – our responsibility, our opportunity”. The Government of Sweden with the support of the Government of Kenya will host the meeting in Stockholm on the 2nd and 3rd of June 2022, during the week of World Environment Day. Ahead of the international meeting, national consultations will take place in different countries all over the world. Stockholm+50 aims to accelerate the necessary changes to a sustainable society, promote system-wide green transitions for poverty reduction, wellbeing and sustainable development. In the face of the upcoming Twenty Seventh Conference of Parties (COP27), the adoption of a new Global Biodiversity Framework and the UNSG Our Common Agenda – the timing is right!
“Sweden is a strong global advocate for environment and climate issues, and we hope that the Stockholm+50 can help to advance the agenda, commitments and necessary changes in this field even further. We are proud to be able to support the very important national consultations that will take place in Zimbabwe in order to provide first-hand information and testimonies of the challenges of ordinary citizens, but also learns about solutions and ideas on the way forward to a more sustainable future here in Zimbabwe and elsewhere.” – Åsa Pehrson, Ambassador of Sweden to Zimbabwe
In order to facilitate a whole-of-society and whole-of-government dialogue, the Embassy of Sweden through UNDP will support preparatory consultations in Zimbabwe between March and April in different regions including a wide variety of participants. Targeted stakeholders that will be engaged through physical and virtual means include but are not limited to policymakers, youth, women, persons with disabilities, the private sector, academia, civil society and the media, ensuring that no one is left behind. These consultations provide an opportunity to accelerate the implementation of the Revised Nationally Determined Contributions, the Low Emission Development Strategy, Zimbabwe's Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan and the Sustainable Development Goals in the country.
“Stockholm+50 is an occasion to recognize the interconnectedness between Humans, Animals and Nature and accelerate our actions for climate, environment, and biodiversity. The national consultations ahead of Stockholm+50 in Zimbabwe provide a great opportunity to amplify the voices of women, youth, and civil society in Zimbabwe and ensure they are fed into our national sustainability agendas. " - Mia Seppo, UNDP Resident Representative in Zimbabwe.
On the 14th of March, a press conference and launch will take place in Harare, gathering high-level stakeholders and setting in motion the multifaceted process. There will be a possibility to join a live stream of the event.
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Emelie Isaksen, communications
UNDP Zimbabwe, PRECC unit