In June 2022, the Stockholm+50 conference will be arranged by the Swedish government to commemorate the 50 years since the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm 1972. Together with SEI, the University Alliance Stockholm Trio – Karolinska Institutet, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Stockholm University, will organize a one-day event. The conference titled “Sustainable planet, sustainable health – how science-based solutions can drive transformative change” will take place on 1 June 2022 at the joint Stockholm University and Royal Institute of Technology Albano Campus, both on-site and online.
Academic institutions have a significant responsibility to develop and contribute to solutions that can drive transformative change towards sustainable development and it is a responsibility that must be strengthened. This hybrid conference organized in conjunction with the Stockholm+50 UN conference will showcase how science can and must contribute to solutions needed in the next decades to reach global targets. The conference will build on successful examples and action-oriented dialogues and engagements between academia and a wide range of societal actors linked to policy- and decision-making. It will also have a particular focus on the next generation and build on strategic roles and responsibilities that universities and other academic institutions have to identify solutions and support policy- and decision-making. It will consider the opportunities and responsibilities of academic institutions in terms of leaders for high-quality and independent research, higher education and co-creation processes.
- The event will focus on how academics and scientists can further develop capacities to support transformations for sustainable health for people and planet. It will:
explore examples of how academia has contributed to transformative changes related to sustainable development
- Focus on how capacities within academic institutions in terms of research and higher education should be further developed and strengthened to support innovative system-based solutions and accelerate necessary change (transformation) processes
- Present examples on how academia can deliver more proactive support in increasingly complex policy and decision-making landscapes
- Highlight how academia can contribute to a sustainable transformation that drives innovation, entrepreneurship and green jobs.