SUSTAINABILITY: From Stockholm to Rio

In House of Sweden on May 15, 2012.

In June 1972, the first UN Conference on the Human Environment was held in Stockholm when UN leaders and key actors gathered to discuss international environmental issues.
Now, 40 years later, the world will gather in Rio de Janeiro for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development. Preceding RIO+20 in June, world leaders will gather in Stockholm
to commemorate the 1972 conference. The dialogue on sustainability that starts at Stockholm+40 will continue at these seminars, among decision-makers, young people, the business sector, and researchers.

From Stockholm to Rio – A Generations Panel
The Embassy of Sweden and the Center for American Progress are arranging a panel focusing on the fight for sustainability over multiple generations since the early 1970s. The "generations panel" will bring together people who were involved in the global efforts for sustainable development in 1972, 1982, 1992, 2002 and 2012. Sustainable development and its three dimensions - social, economic and environmental - has been discussed for a long time and in various contexts. Participants on the panel will focus on where we were in 1972 and how we have moved forward from the first UN conference on the environment. What is the changing face of work on sustainability? What are the lessons learned from each decade and how do we go forward?

House of Sweden
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
9:30 am to 11:am, breakfast and registration from 9:00 am
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Panelists: Mr. Bruce Babbitt, Former United States Secretary of the Interior, Ms Helga Flores Trejo, Principal External Relations Advisor, Office of External Relations, Inter-American Development Bank, Mr. Daniel J. Weiss, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress, Mr. Johan Schaar, PhD, Co-Director, Vulnerability and Adaptation Initiative, World Resources Institute, Ms Aneri Patel, Senior Associate, Energy Access, United Nations Foundation.

Ms Juliet Eilperin, National Environmental Reporter, The Washington Post

Paving The Way For The First Sustainable Generation
Young people want to be a force for change and create their own vision of sustainable development, according to a major study released one year ago by the United Nations Environment Programme. The study shows that young adults from Australia to Vietnam, and Ethiopia to Egypt, consider poverty and environmental degradation to be the world's two biggest challenges, but they want more information on what they can do to be part of the solution. How can we empower young people with the confidence, skills and knowledge they need to build a smarter and more sustainable world? Some tools and networks as well as a policy perspective on these questions will be presented at this seminar.

House of Sweden
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
4:00 – 6:00 pm, registration from 3:30 pm
Followed by a network reception including demonstrations of Young Masters Programme on Sustainable Development. Click here to RSVP


- Alan B Hecht, Director for Sustainable Development, Office of Research and Development, EPA
- Mitch Lowenthal, External Communications Coordinator, SustainUS

- Torvald Jacobsson, Director, Young Masters Programme on Sustainable Development, IIIEE,
Lund University

- Erik Assadourian, Senior Fellow, Worldwatch Institute

Simon Nicholson, Assistant Professor, School of International Service, American University

The seminar is a collaboration between the Embassy of Sweden and Lund University, Worldwatch Institute and SustainUS.