Stockholm+50 – The Peoples’ Perspective

UNA Sweden hosts a two-day conference on 31st of May and 1st of June prior to the UN high- level meeting Stockholm+50. We aim to inspire with visionary ideas and good examples of work in progress to solve some of the greatest challenges of our time. Welcome! You can follow the event online here:


31 May: Rethink – Rebalance 13 PM – 16.30 PM CET

13.00 Welcome! Are we in balance? Annelie Börjesson, President, UNA Sweden
13.05 Do we need the United Nations?
Opening speech by Jan Mårtensson, Ambassador and Secretary-General of the Swedish national committee of the Stockholm Conference 1972
13.20 What has happened since 1972 and what remains to be done?
Discussion between Professor Arne Jernelöv, who participated in the Stockholm Conference in 1972 and PhD Sten Lindeberg, who was part of the civil society movement in connection to the Stockholm Conference in 1972, both members of UNA Sweden.
13.40 Voices of the Global youth on environment and climate
Panelists: Emma Holmström, UNA Sweden, Yoko Lu, member of the S50 Youth taskforce, Tamta Khutsishvili, UNA Georgia, Goodluck Minja, UNA Tanzania and Inessa Pambukhchyan, UNA Armenia Moderator: Mikaela Engwall
14.10 PROGRESS – Dance performance with Oscar Molander, Robin Pang and Martin Wallin
Oscar Molander is a Goodwill ambassador for UNA Sweden and a Swedish UN youth delegate
14.20 Environmental defenders and the struggle for the right to a healthy environment
The adoption of UN Resolution 48/13 on the Right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment in October 2021 recognizes the right to a healthy environment as a fundamental human right. This is an important achievement for civil society, which will support the continued struggle to protect the environment and to redress the burden of environmental damage on vulnerable groups. The panellists will discuss what actions are necessary to make this new right an effective tool for human rights and environmental defenders as they face escalating threats and violent attacks in many countries. The session will highlight the vital role of environmental defenders around the world.
Panelists: Ivan Enrile, IBON International, The Philippines, John Tarawalie, Sierra Leone Network on the Right to Food (SiLNORF), Sierra Leone, Daniel Ortiz Gallego, Centro de Alternativas al Desarrollo (CEALDES), Colombia Moderator: Karin Lexén, Secretary-General, Swedish Society for Nature Conservation
Organizers: ForumCiv, Swedish Society for Nature Conservation, Swedwatch, Afrikagrupperna, Latinamerikagrupperna, and Business and Human Rights Resource Centre
14.50 Coffee break
15.20 ICLD and Glokala Sverige: Local partnerships for democracy and climate action
ICLD and Glokala Sverige, Malmö and Lusaka. Chisha Chakulanda Banda, Lusaka City, Zambia and Linnea Uppsäll, Malmö City, Sweden, will present new ways to improve the ability of young people to gain influence in local environmental issues. Based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child they have developed a toolkit that can inspire municipalities to involve young people in issues that matter to them. Moreover, the event will highlight the Swedish joint communication project Glokala Sverige which engages the majority of Swedish municipalities in boosting the implementation of the SDGs on a local level. Moderator: Johan Lilja Secretary-General ICLD
15.45 Local good practise on climate action and waste management
Marika Palmér Rivera, from Uppsala municipality presents good examples of local climate action and Mathilda Gylling from Kristianstad municipality presents their successful work with waste management.
16.10 TRUST – Acrobatics by Ola Glimåker, Ellinore Seybolt, Agnes Åkerman, Sanna Andersson, Julia Schärer, Johanna Schärer.
16.20 Final reflections,
Annelie Börjesson, President Swedish UNA and Sona Makasyan, Project Coordinator UNA Armenia
16.30 End of the day

1 June: Rethink – Reimagine 9.30 AM -16 PM CET

9.30 Welcome! What are our visions? Annelie Börjesson, President, UNA Sweden
9.35-9.50 How far have we come on the road to sustainability?

Opening speech by Carolina Klüft, Olympic champion and world champion. She is also a UNA Sweden Goodwill ambassador.
9.50 A crime of ecocide – Legal support for sustainability
Pella Thiel from End Ecocide Sweden/UN Harmony with Nature
10.10 The human development index and the results of UNDP land consultations in connection with Stockholm+50:
Achim Steiner is Under-Secretary-General of the UN and Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP).
10.35 Break
New Economics for a sustainable world

11.00 The planet is at risk – how do we change our economies and redirect investments?
David Collste PhD Stockholm Resilience Centre presents the ideas from a fresh report Economy and Finance for a Just Future on a Thriving Planet
11.15 Five necessary turnarounds for people, planet and prosperity
Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Co President The Club of Rome. Will speak on behalf of The Club of Rome, Limits to growth 50th anniversary and Earth4All project.  
11.30 Moderated talk on sustainable economics
11.40-13.00 Lunchbreak (lunch is not included)
13.00 Music- Jakob Koranyi, cello, plays J.S. Bach
Internationally awarded cellist Jakob Koranyi will play the prelude and the sarabande from Bach cello suite in G-major.
13.15 Climate action, a challenge with solutions:
Markku Rummukainen, Swedish IPCC focal contact and professor in climatology at the University of Lund.
13.35 Civil society partnership for implementation of the SDGs: UNA Finland, UNA Sweden, UNA Tanzania.
UNA Tanzania will present their work on climate adaptation and climate resilience to limit the effects of climate change with examples of best practice for their project on the island of Pemba and UNA Finland will present their work in Finland. Panelists: Reynald Maeda, Secterary-General, UNA Tanzania and Jenni Kauppila, Advocacy Work Officer, UNA Finland. Moderator: Mikaela Engwall, UNA Sweden
14.00 Red cross on Nature-based solutions and circular second hand

Ninni Ikkala Nyman, Senior Officer on Nature-based solutions from the International Federation of Red Cross, IFRC and Eva Maria Rudbäck, Red Cross Logistics Second Hand in Sweden
14.30 Coffee break
15.00 Overconsumption risk destroying the Planet
Anders Wijkman, Honorary President The Club of Rome, Chair Climate-KIC
15.20 The Future of the UN and stronger global climate and environmental action
Panelists: Pelle Enarsson, Senior Advisor UN Foundation, Bonian Golmohammadi, Secretary-General, WFUNA (TBC), Jenni Kauppila, Advocacy Work Officer, UNA Finland, Inessa Pambukhchyan, Project Coordinator, UNA Armenia, Teona Lebanidze, Program Director, UNA Georgia
15.50 Launch of WFUNA statement
Speech by Jenny Ohlsson, State Secretary to Minister for International Development Cooperation
15.55 Reflections of the days

Annelie Börjesson, President Swedish UNA and and Reynald Maeda, Secterary-General, UNA Tanzania.
16.00 End of the day.

Lunch can be purchased in the restaurants at Kulturhuset or in any other preferable place in the surroundings.

The entire event will be livestreamed and sign language interpreted.