UN Conferences on the Environment
The year 2022 will mark the 50th anniversary of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment held in Stockholm in June 1972, otherwise known as the "Stockholm Conference." Following this first conference in 1972, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) was established with the aim to meet the “urgent need for a permanent institutional arrangement within the UN System for the protection and improvement of the environment.” Since that historic event, a number of other significant UN conferences on the environment and sustainable development have taken place, as outlined here.
UNEP was created to coordinate environmental programs within the United Nations system; to advise UN intergovernmental bodies on the formulation and implementation of environmental programs; to secure the effective co-operation of, and contribution from, the scientific and other professional communities; and to provide advisory services for the promotion of international co-operation in the field of the environment. Conferences/events leading up to or contributing towards the 2022 commemorations and progress towards achieving the sustainability goals will be added here. See:
- UNEA-5 Fifth Session of the United Nations Environment Assembly, Nairobi, Kenya (22–23 Feb 2021)
- Leaders' Climate Summit on Earth Day (22 Apr 2021)
- COP15, Kunming, China (Q2, 2021)
- World Environment Day, Global (5 Jun 2021)
- World Economic Forum Special Annual Meeting, Singapore (17–20 Aug 2021)
- Food Systems Summit, New York, USA (Sep or Oct 2021)
- COP26 UN Climate Change Conference, Glasgow, UK (9–26 Nov 2021).