The King gives the opening speech at Stockholm+40. Photo: Pontus Lundahl/Scanpix
On Monday 23 April, The King opened the environmental conference Stockholm+40 at Münchenbryggeriet in Stockholm.
The Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs are hosting the international Stockholm+40 Partnership Forum for Sustainable Development. The conference is being held to commemorate the UN's first global conference on the human environment, which took place in Stockholm in 1972. The aim of the conference is to bring together players who can contribute in various ways towards a dialogue on sustainable development and the challenges involved. These include representatives from industry and civil society, researchers, decision-makers and young people, who are coming together for the two-day conference. The morning began when The King was welcomed by Minister for the Environment Lena Ek, Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson, the UN's Under-Secretary-General Sha Zukang and Stockholm's Finance Commissioner Sten Nordin. The King then gave an opening speech, which can be read in full here. The morning concluded with an in-depth discussion between conference participants who were young and involved in environmental issues in 1972, 1982, 1992, 2002 and today, 2012.