Annika Strandhäll to lead preparatory UN meeting ahead of Stockholm+50
On Monday 28 March, Minister for Climate and the Environment Annika Strandhäll will lead a meeting at the UN Headquarters in New York. The UN is hosting the meeting as part of the practical preparations for the Stockholm+50 international meeting.
The UN Stockholm+50 meeting on 2–3 June aims to speed up implementation of the global Sustainable Development Goals and promote a sustainable recovery following the pandemic. Sweden and Kenya will co-chair the meeting at the UN Headquarters in New York, which will focus on preparations ahead of the three leadership dialogues. In addition to UN Member States and UN organisations, representatives of international institutions, non-profit organisations, civil society, indigenous peoples, academic institutions and the business sector are able to participate.
“The aim of the UN Stockholm+50 conference is to speed up action for global sustainable development. Countries around the world have laid the foundations for many measures and cooperation initiatives, including the 2030 Agenda, but we must now act and build for the future. This is why it’s important to give civil society and young people the chance to make their voices heard. The situation for the climate, biodiversity and human health is in many ways at a critical point right now,” says Ms Strandhäll.
The three leadership dialogues have the following themes:
- Reflecting on the urgent need for actions to achieve a healthy planet and prosperity of all
- Achieving a sustainable and inclusive recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic
- Accelerating the implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development in the context of the Decade of Action
Ahead of the three leadership dialogues, the UN is also gathering views through national and regional consultations as well as international working groups. The leadership dialogues will in turn contribute to the Stockholm+50 final document by making clear and concrete recommendations for measures at all levels.
The preparatory meeting will be held in person in New York, with live streaming on UN Web TV and interpretation in the six official languages of the United Nations.
The live stream will begin at 16.00 (Swedish time) on 28 March.
On 2–3 June, Sweden and Kenya will co-host the UN high-level meeting Stockholm+50 in Stockholm. This year marks 50 years since the first UN conference on the human environment – the 1972 Stockholm Conference – was held, which was initiated by Olof Palme. The aim of Stockholm+50 is to commemorate the 50th anniversary as well as 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.