The international meeting at Stockholm+50 (2-3 June) is a commemoration, and a time for bold action and engagement. It presents an opportunity to reflect, connect, accelerate and scale actions for a better future on a healthy planet with prosperity for all.
The 2030 Agenda and the continuing Covid-19 crisis have centre-staged again the relationship of human progress and prosperity to a healthy environment. A degraded planet poses limits to wellbeing and prosperity, creating obstacles to a better future. The thought piece “Stockholm+50: a healthy planet for the prosperity of all – our responsibility, our opportunity” introduces this global challenge and the opportunities it presents for the upcoming meeting.
If we are to enhance the biosphere’s health and reduce our demands, large-scale changes will be required over the next 10 years, underpinned by unprecedented levels of fulfilment of commitments, ambition, coordinated actions and political will. We must recognise the intrinsic value of nature, create resilience and address inequalities, to achieve prosperity, rights and dignity for all – for this and for future generations.
- Corli Pretorius, the Deputy Director of the World Conservation and Monitoring Centre – UNEP-WCMC
- Dr Bonnie Holligan, Senior Lecturer in Law, and board member of the Sussex Sustainability Research Programme (SSRP), University of Sussex