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EACEA National Policies Platform


9. Youth and the World

9.7 Current debates and reforms

Last update: 20 December 2022

Youth participation in the UN Environmental conference 2022

In 2022, it is fifty years since the UN´s first environmental conference took place, the Stockholm Conference in 1972. In connection with this anniversary, the government wanted Sweden to host a new high-level meeting. The ambition was to help increase the pace of the transition to sustainable and green societies, more jobs and a balanced environment for all, where no one is left out.

Sweden wanted the Stockholm + 50 meeting to be inspired by messages from young people around the world, by involving young people before, during and after the high-level meeting. The government´s conversations with the Swedish national youth council, LSU, were linked to two overarching issues, the role of young people and involvement in a green transition after the pandemic from a global perspective, and the more overarching question of how the loss of biodiversity can be reversed.