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550. World Environment Day — Only One Earth

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June 5 is World Environment Day. This day was established by the United Nations in commemoration of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment held in Stockholm, Sweden, from June 5 to 16, 1972, following a proposal from Japan. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the UN Conference on the Human Environment. The theme of World Environment Day 2022 is "Only One Earth" which is the same theme for the first summit.

The high-level conference Stockholm+50: A healthy planet for the prosperity of all - our responsibility and opportunity is being held on June 2 and 3. Stockholm+50 reinforces the principles in the 1972 Declaration on the Human Environment* and urges the following key actions to achieve prosperity and a healthy planet for all.

  • Implement commitment to a sustainable, inclusive, peaceful, and gender-sensitive future by exploring opportunities for innovative financing and capacity building, disseminating solutions, and reexamining existing structures.
  • Promote the cross-sectoral actions necessary to recover from and advance the negative impact of the pandemic on human and global prosperity.
  • Promote policies and partnerships to transition to a net-zero, pollution-free, and nature-positive global economy, including rethinking new metrics for the economy.
  • Strengthen the voice of youth and ensure that the well-being of current and future generations is at the core of all discussions.
  • Support and collaborate on innovative and bold actions by businesses to drive systemic change.

In addition, Stockholm+50 focuses on five "Rs" as signposts for a healthy planet that will last beyond the conference — reimagine, regeneration, recovery, rebalance and renewal— which will help to transform commitments to action

*Declaration on the Human Environment: The United Nations Conference on the Human Environment declared the need for a common outlook and for  common principles to inspire and guide the peoples of the world in the preservation and enhancement of the human environment.

Stockholm Declaration (Eng)

Stockholm+50 (UNEP)
Stockholm+50 overview

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