Stockholm+50

In June 2022 it was fifty years since the first United Nations conference on the human environment took place – the 1972 Stockholm Conference. The Government of Sweden hosted a UN, high-level meeting on 2-3 June 2022 to commemorate this anniversary. The aim was 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
Annika Strandhäll
Responsible ministries
Ministry of the Environment
  • Stockholm agenda shows way forward following Stockholm+50

    Some 150 countries gathered in Stockholm to focus on the climate and environment. Sweden and Kenya have now summarised the results in a Stockholm agenda – 10 recommendations to the world to accelerate the pace of the transition.

  • International climate and environment week in Stockholm 30 May–5 June

    • family photo

      On 2–3 June 2022, Sweden and Kenya co-hosted the UN high-level conference Stockholm+50 in Stockholm. The aim of Stockholm+50 is to help increase the pace of the transition towards a sustainable and green society, more jobs and an environment in balance for everyone, where no one is left behind.

      Photo: Duncan Moore/UN Photo

    • opening ceremony

      Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson during the opening ceremony of Stockholm+50.

      Photo: Viktor Petersson/ The Government Offices of Sweden

    • at the opening of the conference

      The Swedish King, the President of Kenya and the Swedish Prime Minister at the opening of Stockholm+50 on June 2. Sweden and Kenya co-host the UN high-level conference Stockholm+50 in Stockholm.

      Photo: Duncan Moore/UN Photo

    • press briefing

      On the first day of Stockholm+50, UNEP Executive Director Inger Andersen, Minister for Climate and the Environment Annika Strandhäll and Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Environment and Forestry gave an introductory pressbriefing.

      Photo: Nicole Dreher Sköld/Regeringskansliet

    • Kerry and Andersson

      US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry and Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson at the UN high-level conference Stockholm+50. This year marks 50 years since the first UN conference on the human environment – the 1972 Stockholm Conference – was held, on the initiative of Olof Palme.

      Photo: Ninni Andersson/The Government Offices of Sweden

    • group picture

      Matilda Ernkrans, Minister for International Development Cooperation, Ann Linde, Minister for Foreign Affairs and UN Secretary-General António Guterres.

      Photo: Frida Drake/The Government Offices of Sweden

    • people in a  meeting room

      Close to one hundred participants representing countries, industries and international organisations met in Stockholm on June 1 under the LeadIT initiative to discuss the climate transition of heavy industry. The meeting was hold in connection with Stockholm+50. Minister for Climate and the Environment Annika Strandhäll attended the meeting.

      Photo: Linnea Donaldson/ The Government Offices of Sweden

    • Andersson and Guterres

      Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson received UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday 1 June. Mr Guterres will be in Stockholm for the Stockholm+50 UN high-level conference.

      Photo: Ninni Andersson/The Government Offices of Sweden

    • people in a meeting room

      On June 1, Sweden and the US hosted a meeting where the business sector, civil society and some 10 countries discussed solutions to reduce plastic pollution and increase recycling of plastics. The meeting was hold in connection with Stockholm+50. Minister for Climate and the Environment Annika Strandhäll attended the meeting.

      Photo: Viktor Petersson/The Government Offices of Sweden

    • logotyp of the meeting and a silhouette of Stockholm

      Stockholm+50 takes place on 2 and 3 June, during the International climate and environment week in Stockholm.

      Illustration: UNEP and The Government Offices of Sweden

    The international climate and environment week in Stockholm is now getting under way with a series of high-level meetings, including LeadIT on industry transition, the UN Stockholm+50 conference at Stockholmsmässan and the annual Ministerial on Climate Action (MoCA). UN Secretary-General Guterres and US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry are among those attending.

Background and focus of Stockholm+50

When and where

Stockholm+50 took place at the venue Stockholmsmässan in Stockholm on 2 and 3 June 2022, in conjunction with the World Environment Day on 5 June and the 50th anniversary of the Stockholm Conference. The meeting was arranged using both physical and digital platforms.

Thematic focus

Anchored in the Decade of Action, the theme of the meeting was “Stockholm+50: a healthy planet for the prosperity of all – our responsibility, our opportunity.” Stockholm+50 was an occasion to raise awareness about the importance of protecting our planet. It set a path for us to build back after the Covid-19 pandemic and to overcome the crisis of climate change, of nature and biodiversity loss, and of pollution and waste. Three Leadership Dialogues took place during the meeting, which contributed to the outcome of Stockholm+50.

About Stockholm+50

Stockholm+50 is convened by the United Nations and is hosted by Sweden with support from the Government of Kenya. It will take place in Stockholm in June, 50 years after the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment. The event 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.

The processes leading up to Stockholm+50

The core of the meeting, Leadership Dialogues, were expected to contribute to the outcome of Stockholm+50 by yielding clear and concrete recommendations and messages for action at all levels, mobilizing the global community behind strengthened cooperation and accelerated innovative action.

Participation in Stockholm+50

Stockholm+50 was an open forum where interested parties were invited to share their experiences and initiatives. All relevant major groups and stakeholders, including representatives from civil society and the private sector were encouraged to contribute to discussions in the lead-up to Stockholm+50.

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 5-16 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.

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