IIED at Stockholm+50

Date: 2 and 3 June 2022
Where: Stockholmsmässan, Stockholm and online
Five young men sit on benches on a lawn outside a building. They are listening to two older men seated at a desk.

In April 2022, consultation workshops were held in Gicumbi District, Rwanda, where residents shared their recommendations and expectations for Stockholm+50 (Photo: Ministry of Environment – Rwanda via FlickrCC BY-ND 2.0)

Stockholm+50 celebrated and reflected on 50 years of global environmental action. IIED contributed to these discussions through new research and a series of events.

On 2 and 3 June 2022, a crucial international environmental meeting was held in Stockholm, Sweden: Stockholm+50 commemorated the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment and celebrated 50 years of global environmental action. 

This is also where IIED’s history began – this year we celebrate IIED’s 50th birthday – and IIED has stayed with the intergovernmental processes ever since. 

The Stockholm+50 discussions came at a pivotal moment as countries and leaders across the world reflect on the 50-year sustainable development journey and how to bridge the joint crises of climate change, loss of nature and poverty. 

As minds turn to what more is needed, locally-led action – where finance and decision-making power is shifted to the local level to get behind local solutions and implementation – must be central to the system-wide changes needed to deliver a healthy planet for the prosperity of all.

New research

This new report from IIED and the Swedish International Development Corporation Agency (Sida) has been developed to support the finance-themed discussions at Stockholm+50.  

It highlights the compelling research and evidence for directly involving people at the frontline of the triple emergency, including Indigenous Peoples, local communities and other local actors and groups, in shaping and implementing actions that deliver outcomes for people, nature and climate on the ground.