What can we expect from Stockholm+50?

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View of Stockholm. Photo: R. Andres/Unsplash

We asked some of our researchers what they hope can come out of the historic UN meeting in Stockholm

Story highlights

  • Stockholm+50 will commemorate the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment and celebrate 50 years of global environmental action
  • Stockholm Resilience Centre is involved in several activities before, during and after the official meeting
  • The official venue for the meeting is Stockholmsmässan

On 2 and 3 June 2022, Stockholm is calling, this time as a host for Stockholm+50.

The meeting will commemorate the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment and celebrate 50 years of global environmental action.

Amid turbulence and crises associated with food, energy and global security, will the meeting be able to deliver on anything?

We asked some of our researchers what they think, and what hopes they have for Stockholm+50:

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“It is essential that the Stockholm+50 meeting is used to avert the growing food and energy crisis. But instead of action to reduce risk and build resilience, we are seeing governments in northern Europe cut aid budgets to low-income countries.”

Line Gordon profile

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“The world’s largest investors are crowd-funding a future that risks long-term financial instability. Investors are driving Earth perilously close to tipping points in the Amazon rainforest, on the great ice sheets, coral reefs and the Atlantic circulation.

It is vital that Stockholm+50 provides strong action to direct the finance sector towards genuine sustainability.”

Victor Galaz profile

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”Science tells us it is late, but not too late to act. Stockholm+50 is an opportunity to join forces among science, policy, business and civil society towards a world that can meet everyone’s needs within the capacity of the planet.

Global dialogue and collaboration is needed more than ever and I hope we all find a way to contribute to making Stockholm +50 the success it needs to become.”

Lisen Schultz profile

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“It must be possible to change the dominant economic model, redirect capital and change economic indicators to enhance the resilience of the planet, and reduce risk of crossing dangerous tipping points. Stockholm+50 could be the moment to make this a reality.”

David Collste profile

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"Fifty years after the Stockholm conference governments and industries are finally making climate roadmaps to net-zero. Transformations must be fast and fair.” The carbon budget for 1.5°C will be exhausted in a few years. Transformation must be radical but fair or it will not be seen by citizens as legitimate. Stronger leadership from civil society organisations will ensure this."

Thomas Hahn profile

Published: 2022-05-30

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