Stockholm+50 Side Event: Achieving a Healthy Planet for all Through a Gender-Just Recovery

On 2 and 3 June 2022, a crucial international environmental meeting will be held in Stockholm, Sweden. Anchored in the Decade of Action, under the theme “Stockholm+50: a healthy planet for the prosperity of all – our responsibility, our opportunity,” this high-level meeting will follow months of consultations and discussions with individuals, communities, organizations and governments around the world. A one-day preparatory meeting was held at United Nations Headquarters in New York on 28 March 2022.

Stockholm+50 will commemorate the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment and celebrate 50 years of global environmental action. By recognizing the importance of multilateralism in tackling the Earth’s triple planetary crisis – climate, nature, and pollution – the event aims to act as a springboard accelerate the implementation of the UN Decade of Action to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals, including the 2030 Agenda, Paris Agreement on climate change, the post-2020 global Biodiversity Framework, and encourage the adoption of green post-COVID-19 recovery plans.

Side Event: Achieving a healthy planet for all through a gender-just recovery

Date: June 3, 2022
Time: 17:15-18:30 CEST
Location: Room 5 or online
Register here to join virtually.

This event explores why the concept of “Just Transitions” and gender equality are central components of global environmental action to combat the three planetary crises and achieving the ambitions of a better post-COVID world where disadvantaged groups are socially and economically empowered to participate and benefit from recovery strategies.

Event Description
Gender must be at the forefront of the regenerative work being done to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic while addressing climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution. Gender inequalities, such as weak land rights or reduced access to finance, energy, water and sanitation facilities, make women, indigenous people and other disadvantaged groups disproportionally vulnerable to climate change as well as environmental and social hazards. Therefore, mainstreaming gender into the global environmental agenda, particularly in the context of achieving a sustainable and inclusive recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, is essential in the strive for a healthier planet for all. However, dedicated financing for women’s empowerment remains particularly low in the context of the environmental agenda.
With the concept of “Just Transitions” as an entry point, this event aims to explore why gender equality needs to be a central component of global environmental action and to the ambitions of a better post-COVID world. It will spotlight the opportunities and limitations of our current just transition financing tools and models in fulfilling our commitment to combating the three planetary crises and ensuring that the funding gap for disadvantaged groups is closed and that they are socially and economically empowered to fruitfully participate in and benefit from the post COVID recovery strategies.

The event is co-organised by a consortium of leading green transition institutions catalysing collective action towards gender equality in green growth and COVID-19 responses, specifically: UNEP, Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), IIED, and the Green Growth Knowledge Partnership Gender Expert Group (UN Women, UNIDO, OECD, World Bank, ENERGIA, GWNET, GIZ, Circle Economy, GEC, IIED).