United Nations

The UN Environmental conference Only One Earth in Stockholm 1972 marked the beginning of a long sequence of thematic UN-conferences, with the Rio-conference in 1992 as perhaps the most important landmark, where among other things three binding conventions (climate, biodiversity and desertification) were born and the equity principle ‘Common but Differentiated – CBDR’ was formulated and inscribed.

The Stockholm conference 1972 led to the establishment of environmental ministry in many countries, and the creation of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) with headquarter in Nairobi, Kenya. Sverige and Kenya are now hosts for the conference “Stockholm +50 – A Healthy Planet for the prosperity of all – Our responsibility, our opportunity” together with UNEP.

The threats against humanity and the planet’s ecosystems are more severe than ever. At the same time we see the equity principles being continuously eroded within numerous UN negotiations: Climate, biodiversity, trade and health.

Peoples movements play a central role in exposing and shaping what’s going on – and to mobilise and advance real solutions for transformative systems change.

See further information about the formal UN Stockholm +50 conferensen and its different processes here.