UN high-level Stockholm+50 meeting
Earlier this month, the United Nations General Assembly announced the agenda for the forthcoming international meeting Stockholm+50: A healthy planet for the prosperity of all – our responsibility, our opportunity to be held in Stockholm in June 2022.
SEI marks 32 years of bridging science and policy this autumn. It is now initiating an independent scientific report to be launched ahead of the international high-level meeting “Stockholm+50: A healthy planet for the prosperity of all – our responsibility, our opportunity” next year. The report will lay out the scientific basis for the meeting and is funded by the Swedish Government.
“With this report, we will reflect on the progress we have made in the last 50 years, but also consider where we have failed to live up to the Stockholm Declaration and what roadblocks need to be removed,” said SEI Deputy Director Åsa Persson.
“At the SEI Science Forum, we will seek to identify compelling evidence and ideas for unlocking progress by drawing on SEI’s research expertise globally.”
— Åsa Persson, SEI Deputy Director
SEI Science Forum: a crucial step
The SEI Science Forum runs from 20–24 September 2021 and engages all SEI centres around the globe. The SEI Science Forum comes as a crucial step in the preparation of the report. It celebrates SEI’s most important functions as a research and policy organization: to deliver independent and high-quality science as a basis for policy and decision-making.
“The SEI Science Forum is an annual conference where SEI researchers from all our centres jointly learn from each other's research impact and identify new issues and solutions that we want to put on the global agenda.”
— Fiona Lambe, SEI Research Fellow and project leader of SEI Science Forum
“Due to Covid-19, this year’s forum will be hosted online and engage SEI Centre Directors, our Science Advisory Council members and SEI research expertise globally,” SEI Research Fellow Fiona Lambe continued.
Topics and highlights
This year’s forum highlights the three impact areas of the SEI Strategy 2020–2024:
- Reduced climate risk (Climate risk)
- Sustainable resource used and resilient ecosystems (Resources and ecosystems)
- Improved health and well-being (Health and well-being).
This year’s forum comprises a total of 20 Blue Sky sessions, workshops and lesson sessions. The SEI Science Forum is a sharing and learning event showcasing the variety of SEI research, including science-policy-practice partnerships and engagement.
This year’s forum gathers SEI’s Science Advisory Council, affiliated researchers and 280 employees globally from SEI Africa, SEI Asia, SEI Headquarters, SEI Latin America, SEI Oxford, SEI Tallinn, SEI US and SEI York.
The inaugural session on 20 September includes statements by SEI Executive Director Måns Nilsson, representatives from SEI and a keynote speech by Professor Miriam Lang, on the impacts of a shift away from the traditional growth economic model on environmental and development policy research. How to apply alternative economic growth paradigms in a developing country context will be discussed during the forum.
This session will look at trends and voices to look out for in 2022. In 2022, what environmental and sustainability issues will affect peoples’ lives globally and in the regions we work in? What developments and trends are surfacing next year that the public, policymakers and media should keep a close eye on?
Providing the scientific basis ahead of the UN meeting Stockholm+50
SEI is initiating an independent scientific report to be launched ahead of the international UN meeting “Stockholm+50: A healthy planet for the prosperity of all – our responsibility, our opportunity”. The report will lay out the scientific basis for the meeting and is funded by the Swedish Government. The aim of this session is to provide a space for all SEI colleagues to contribute ideas, perspectives and recommendations to the drafting of the Stockholm+50 Scientific Report that SEI and the Council on Energy, Environment and Water are preparing ahead of the high-level meeting in June 2022.
Climate mitigation and energy transitions
Approaches for modelling low-carbon transition dynamics and assessing climate policy coherence in Kenya will be highlighted in this session on climate mitigation and energy transitions. The session consists of five short presentations on topics related to clean energy, carbon footprint, hydrogen, emissions calculations and low-carbon transitions.
SEI Initiatives – The good, the bad, the ugly and the unexpected
In 2020, seven research initiatives were initiated for a two-year period. The SEI initiatives are flagship, core-funded clusters of research with collaboration across SEI’s global centres on key research topics that can make an impact. The initiatives serve as hubs for SEI’s research and host a variety of issues on sustainable development. This session will make it possible for all participants to share their new and innovative ideas about the future of SEI’s research initiatives.
In June 2022, the world is looking forward to the 50th anniversary of the 1972 United Nations conference on human environment, which laid the foundation for current global environmental governance.
The United Nations Conference on the Human Environment was an international conference convened under United Nations auspices held in Stockholm in 1972. It was the UN’s first major conference on international environmental issues. The “Stockholm Conference” greatly contributed to the emergence of a global environmental agenda and marked a turning point in the development of international environmental politics, including the creation of the United Nations Environment Programme.