Stockholm+40 Conference to Mark 40th Anniversary of the First UN Conference on the Environment
April 17, 2012  //  By:   //  Blog Post, Event, Featured  //  No Comment

From the 23rd to the 25th of April, 2012, the Swedish Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs will host an environmental conference to commemorate the first UN Conference on the Human Environment  held in Stockholm in 1972. Known as Stockholm+40 – Partnership Forum for Sustainable Development, the 2012 international conference will bring together business leaders, professionals, decision-makers, and young leaders in order to discuss sustainability as it relates to technology, production, and living. The Swedish government intends to use the conference as a sounding board for important ideas on sustainability that have relevance for the upcoming negotiations at Rio+20. Additionally, Stockholm+40 will serve as a chance for emerging environmental leaders to collaborate and share ideas on sustainability and development.

Leading up to Stockhold+40, the Swedish government is providing daily blog posts with interviews from key participants, perspectives from emerging leaders, and information relevant to the conference. Available on the blog is an interview with Achim Steiner, director of UNEP, where he shares his perspective on the importance of Stockholm 1972 and the progression of global environmental governance.  Also available is an interview with Prof. Johan Rockstrom, Executive Director of Stockholm Resilience Centre, in which he discusses sustainable development and the transition to global sustainability.

In 2009, the Global Environmental Governance Project gathered 80 past, present, and future leaders in global environmental governance at the Global Environmental Governance Forum: Reflecting on the Past, Moving into the Future. The Forum included all five successive UNEP Executive Directors, together for the first time under one roof, in order to discuss the hurdles of environmental governance and the way forward. Participants identified a set of five core functions that need to be performed by the GEG system as a whole: monitoring, assessment, and early warning; policy and norm development; capacity development; enforcement; and coordination.

Additionally, the Forum led to the creation of an international network of emerging leaders in environmental governance and three documentaries about global environmental governance: Quest for SymphonyWay Ahead Not Closed, and Quest for Leadership.

About the Author :

Michael Denney is a PhD student in the Global Governance and Human Security program at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He is a Research Associate at the Center for Governance and Sustainability.

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