Stockholm+50 calls for urgent environmental and economic transformation

The Stockholm+50

The environmental conference ended on Friday with a call for real commitments to urgently address global environmental concerns and for a just transition to sustainable economies that work for all.

“We came to Stockholm 50 years after the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment knowing that something had to change. Knowing this, if we don’t change, the triple planetary crisis of climate change, loss of nature and biodiversity, pollution and waste will only accelerate“, said Inger Andersen, Secretary General of Stockholm+50 and Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).

The UNEP chief urged participants to “carry forward this energy, this commitment to action, to shape our world”.

shaping tomorrow

General Assembly President Abdulla Shahid recalled that the policies we implement today “will shape the world we live in tomorrow”.

Governments and the private sector have an important role to play in rethinking strategies to target the structural barriers that have hindered women’s participation in the labor market, he said.

“The workplace of the future must be rooted in equity and free from discrimination and harmful stereotypes about women’s skills, work ethic, leadership abilities or intellect.”

Success means instilling gender-equitable practices embodied in legal protections, strong enforcement mechanisms, and deep structural and cultural change, he added.

Mr. Shahid urged everyone to constructively discuss “how we can ensure not just a more gender-equal recovery – but a gender-equal world.

Goal: Healthy Planet

The two-day international meeting ended with a statement from co-hosts Sweden and Kenya, who recommended placing human well-being at the center of a healthy planet and prosperity for all; recognize and implement the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment; Embrace system-wide changes in how our current economic system works and accelerate transformations in high-impact sectors.

“We believe that we have – collectively – mobilized and used the potential of this encounter. We now have an acceleration plan to go further,” said Swedish Climate and Environment Minister Annika Strandhäll.

Stockholm+50 was a milestone on our journey to a healthy planet for all, leaving no one behind.”

Rebuild for future generations

Stockholm+50 featured four plenary sessions in which leaders called for bold environmental action to accelerate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Three leadership dialogues, hundreds of side events, associated events and webinars, and a series of multi-stakeholder regional consultations leading up to the meeting, enabled thousands of people around the world to participate in discussions and make argue their point of view.

“The variety of voices and bold messages that have emerged from these two days demonstrate a genuine desire to live up to the potential of this meeting and build a future for our children and grandchildren on this one planet,” said said Keriako Tobiko, Kenya Cabinet Secretary for the Environment.

We have not only come here to commemorate, but to build forward and better, based on the measures taken since 1972.”

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