Sweden to host UN environmental conference

Minister for Environment and Climate Per Bolund

Sweden and Kenya today jointly presented a resolution for adoption by the UN General Assembly that lays the foundation for the international UN conference, ‘Stockholm+50: a healthy planet for the prosperity of all – our responsibility, our opportunity’.

Sweden will host Stockholm+50, to be held in its capital city, Stockholm on June 2–3 next year.

The conference aims to help accelerate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda and promote sustainable recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The conference will also commemorate the 50th anniversary of the UN Conference on the Human Environment, the UN’s first major conference on international environmental issues, which was held in Stockholm in 1972.

Stockholm+50 aspires to help us redefine humankind’s relationship with nature and create conditions for prosperity within the ‘planetary boundaries’.

Sweden’s Minister for Environment and Climate Per Bolund says “In Stockholm in June 2022, fifty years of environmental history will meet the future, with eight years to go to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda.

“It will be an occasion to reflect on the challenges and opportunities we have today and what we need to do? to ensure a sustainable future.

“We have both an opportunity and a responsibility to create a future for young people that is worth believing in.”  

One of the results of the 1972 Stockholm Conference was the creation of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), which since then has been based in Nairobi.

With both UNEP’s 50th anniversary UNEP@50 and Stockholm+50, 2022 will be a crucial year for the environment.

Sweden will soon present a follow-up resolution at the UN in New York, setting out more details about the focus, structure and implementation of Stockholm+50.

Swedish Government