26 civil society organisations, including the Church of Sweden, WWF Sweden and Olof Palme International Center, call for the UN conference Stockholm+50 to demonstrate radical steps towards global environmental and climate justice. One of their demands is to make ecocide an international crime.

 

Coordinated through CONCORD Sweden’s working group for environmental and climate justice, the organisations write that the conference must result in bold and tangible outcomes that meet the urgency of the climate and biodiversity crises, while integrating principles of justice, equality, human rights and participation. To achieve this they propose nine concrete policy actions  which should be part of the conference outcome.

 

Action number 6: Make mass damage of ecosystems an international crime: Severe, wide-
spread and long-term destruction of ecosystems is a root cause of the current
climate and environmental crises. The conference should support calls for
making such mass damage, also known as ecocide, an international crime.

 

On Stockholm+50:

2 and 3 June 2022, a crucial international environmental meeting will be held in Stockholm, Sweden. Anchored in the Decade of Action, under the theme “Stockholm+50: a healthy planet for the prosperity of all – our responsibility, our opportunity,” this high-level meeting will follow months of consultations and discussions with individuals, communities, organizations and governments around the world. Stockholm+50 will commemorate the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment and celebrate 50 years of global environmental action. Read more

 

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