Stockholm+50 summit to recall India’s contribution to environmentalism – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Brainstorming around triple planetary crisis of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution will dominate the Stockholm+50 meet, convened by the United Nations General Assembly on June 2-3 in Stockholm, Sweden to commemorate 50 years since the 1972 UN conference on human environment — the gathering of world leaders that made the environment a pressing global issue for the first time.
India will be represented at the international meet by the environment minister Bhupender Yadav who is expected to flag how actively the country has been involved in handling the triple crisis. The UN Secretary-General António Guterres will also attend the summit.
The then Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had attended the 1972 conference and called for collective action to save the environment. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), established as an outcome of the 1972 Conference, has recalled her participation and quoted her remarks on a “cooperative approach on a global scale” to deal with environmental issues.
Referring to the historical spirit of the 1972 Stockholm conference, the UNEP quoted Indira Gandhi’s speech where she said, “Life is one and the world is one, and all these questions are inter-linked. The population explosion, poverty, ignorance and disease, the pollution of our surroundings, the stockpiling of nuclear weapons and biological and chemical agents of destruction are all parts of a vicious circle. Each is important and urgent but dealing with them one by one would be wasted effort.”
This year’s theme ‘Only One Earth’ was also the slogan of the 1972 Stockholm Conference. “Stakeholders from different genders and ages, including climate activists, scientists, indigenous people and local communities are invited to contribute to the discussions to build momentum for a healthy planet for the prosperity of all,” said the UNEP in a statement.

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