By recognizing the importance of multilateralism in tackling the Earth’s triple planetary crisis – climate, nature, and pollution – the event acted as a springboard to accelerate the implementation of the UN Decade of Action to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals, including the 2030 Agenda, the Paris Agreement on climate change, the post-2020 global Biodiversity Framework, and encourage the adoption of green post-COVID-19 recovery plans.
“We must place true value on the environment and go beyond GDP as a measure of human progress and well-being”, said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
“In Stockholm we need bold actions,” said UNEP Executive Director Inger Andersen at the opening. “50 years ago, leaders came to #Stockholm & started the work of the environmental movement. Let us be the ones to finish it – by unleashing a paradigm shift to deliver a more caring world for all.”
Three leadership dialogues will also shape the outcome of the meeting by generating concrete recommendations for action among all stakeholders. Experts from around the world representing all stakeholders – including women, youth, older persons, persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and local communities – will engage in debate and discussion around 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
Stockholm+50 was convened by the United Nations and is hosted by Sweden with support from the Government of Kenya.
Keriako Tobiko, Ministry of Environment and Forestry of Kenya, closed the event saying “Stockholm +50 has shown us the opportunities that arise when we take a wholistic approach, for people and planet. We understand the urgency, accelerating is our only alternative.”
Ultimately, the meeting aims to highlight how governments and other stakeholders can mobilize the global community to ensure a healthy planet for the prosperity of all.
“ In view of the #climate, #Nature and #pollution crisis, only bold leadership, inclusion of all stakeholders and transformative actions from the international to the local level can ensure a healthy planet and prosperity for all.” says Hugo Rivera-Mendoza, Team leader Post 2020 Biodiversity framework-EU support.
It’s time for bold choices. It’s time for urgent action. It’s time for a better future on a healthy planet.
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