The Significance of Stockholm+50
The months leading up to the Stockholm+50 Conference in June 2022 have seen a frenzy of activity, as the international environmental community prepares to celebrate major milestones in its history and channel new momentum into efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
Ambassador Johanna Lissinger-Peitz, Deputy Director, Ministry of Environment, Sweden sat down with our Earth Negotiations Bulletin team to examine why it matters that we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original Stockholm Conference in 1972 and how we live up to its vision.
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Scientific evidence on the political impact of the Sustainable Development Goals
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Web of resilience
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