Sweden to host World Environment Day 2022

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(MENAFN- Caribbean News Global) NAIROBI, Kenya – The Swedish government will organize World Environment Day 2022 in partnership with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). The year 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the first United Nations Conference on the Human Environment – the Stockholm Conference of 1972 which led to the establishment of UNEP and the designation of June 5 of each year as World Human Environment Day. ‘environment.

World Environment Day 2022 will be held under the theme One Earth, highlighting the need to live sustainably in harmony with nature by bringing about transformative change – through policies and our choices – to ways of living in harmony with nature. cleaner and greener lives. One Land was the motto of the 1972 Stockholm Conference; 50 years later, the motto is true: this planet is our only home, whose limited resources humanity must safeguard.

Environment and Climate Minister and Swedish Deputy Prime Minister Per Bolund said: “As proud host of World Environment Day 2022, Sweden will highlight the most pressing environmental concerns , will present our country’s initiatives and global efforts to deal with climatic and natural crises. . We invite the global community around the world to join in the important discussions and celebrations. “

Transforming social and economic systems means improving our relationship with nature, understanding its value, and placing that value at the heart of decision-making, according to UNEP’s Making Peace with Nature report earlier this year.

“In 2022, we hope to see a world pass the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic. But we do it knowing that we continue to face the triple global crises of climate change, loss of nature and pollution, ”said Inger Andersen, Executive Director of UNEP. “Sweden’s announcement and a World Environment Day theme that puts nature and people at the center of environmental work reminds us of the roots of critical work to protect our environment and provides vital impetus to global efforts. to build back better and greener.

“Since hosting the Stockholm Conference five decades ago, Sweden has made significant progress and record investments in environmental protection, including a long-term climate goal of reaching zero net emission by 2045 and negative emissions thereafter, ”she added. “His welcome role as host of World Environment Day in 2022 is therefore a reflection of both historic commitment and leadership and a high level of ambition for the future. “

World Environment Day takes place on June 5 every year. It is the flagship day of the United Nations to promote awareness and global action in favor of the environment. Over the years, it has grown into the world’s largest platform for environmental public awareness and is celebrated by millions of people across the globe.

Additionally, in 2022, the Swedish government will host Stockholm + 50, an international meeting to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1972 Stockholm Conference and accelerate implementation to implement Agenda 2030 and achieve a sustainable recovery of the COVID-19.

Stockholm + 50 will be an opportunity for the international community to strengthen cooperation and show leadership in the transformation towards a more sustainable society, in accordance with the declaration that was recently adopted on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the UN .

The Stockholm Conference of 1972 resulted in the Stockholm Declaration on the Human Environment, comprising several guiding principles on global environmental governance. Another outcome of the meeting was the establishment of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and World Environment Day.

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