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18 April 2012

Stockholm+40: a Forum for Sustainable Development

From 23 to 25 April 2012, the Swedish Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs will be hosting the international conference Stockholm+40 – Partnership Forum for Sustainable Development to commemorate the first United Nations Conference on the Human Environment , in Stockholm in 1972.

The purpose of Stockholm+40 is to elicit and emphasise new ideas, and to create alliances through constructive talks with the various target groups, concerning sustainable innovations, sustainable production and a sustainable lifestyle.

With this Conference, the Swedish Government is addressing an international audience comprising central and local decision-makers, young people, businesses, civil society (especially organisations oriented towards the environment and development assistance) and researchers. What emerges in the discussions at the Conference will be summarised in a dialogue with invited ministers and presented to decision-makers at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, in June 2012 (Rio+20).

One objective of the conference is to formulate clear statements and recommendations for sustainability, in terms of innovation, production and lifestyle, and show how a green economy can become a reality.
Mistra will provide backing for the first Conference day, 23 April, when Mathilda Tham (a Mistra Board member) is to attend a brief discussion about sustainability in the fashion industry. The topic will be Sustainable Fashion – a contradiction in terms?