Nairobi, 30 May 2022 (TDI): UNEP Executive Director Inger Andersen delivered a message about the Stockholm+50 meeting to be held soon.

She stated that the world has a chance to boost the spirit of the environmental movement. The world has an opportunity to get together and make recommendations for change in our society.

Inger Andersen is the United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

She claimed that when the world gathered in Stockholm 50 years ago, its concern was about what was happening to the environment at the time. It was concerned about how the human impact was worsening and harming the environment.

The environmental movement was born during this time. According to UNEP’s Executive Director, the movement has had some good wins and some not-so-good wins. She remarked on UNEP’s mention of the triple planetary crisis.

Climate change, environmental degradation, pollution, and waste are all part of the crisis. The world must respond to the triple planetary disaster. This will aid in the achievement of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

There is a need for bold actions. UNEP, she explained, requires that everyone be beneath the tent. Because individuals only have one world and one planet, it is necessary to avoid fragmentation.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has also raised concerns about the triple planetary crisis. It is the world’s number one existential threat, according to the UN Secretary-General. And this requires “an urgent, all-out effort to turn things around”.

Stockholm+50

The United Nations General Assembly has organized an international summit called ‘Stockholm+50’. It will take place in Stockholm, Sweden, on June 2-3, 2022. It will mark the 50th anniversary of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, which took place in 1972.

Sweden will host the Stockholm+50 with Kenya’s cooperation. It will take place the week before World Environment Day. It will occur on the 5th of June every year and is a follow-up to the 1972 event.

The nature of Stockholm+50 will be collaborative and multi-stakeholder. It will be open to all attendees, who will be encouraged to contribute their ideas and experiences. The goal of the event is to safeguard the environment.

It will also contribute to long-term, inclusive development. Long-term recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic will be part of this. An introductory session, four plenary meetings, three leadership dialogues, and a closing portion will comprise the meeting.

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