Stockholm, Sweden
June 5, 2022

The Philippine Delegation wrapped up a productive two-day participation of the Philippines to the Stockholm+50 International Meeting in Stockholm, Sweden on 2-3 June 2022.

This year’s Stockholm+50 centered on various areas of discussions, mainly highlighting the urgent need for actions to achieve a healthy planet and prosperity of all.

Climate Change Commission Secretary Robert Borje delivered the Philippines’ national statement during the plenary, before leaders and representatives from various countries that participated in the meeting. In the speech, Secretary Borje urged the United Nations (UN) Member States, system, and stakeholders for a climate change action based on climate justice, and emphasized that ‘those most responsible for climate change need to do more’ for developing nations considered vulnerable and at-risk of the impacts of climate change.

The Secretary also underscored the need for a paradigm shift in building resiliency, sustainable development and disaster risk and crisis management going beyond ‘Build, Back, Better’ to ‘Build Right at First Sight,’ noting that resources have become more limited.

Stockholm+50 is a High-Level Meeting convened by the UN General Assembly in the Swedish capital. Bearing the theme, ‘Stockholm+50: a healthy planet for the prosperity of all — our responsibility, our opportunity,’ the event took place in commemoration of 50 years of the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, where environment was made a pressing global issue for the first time.

Other members of the delegation are Her Excellency Maria Lumen Isleta, the Philippine Ambassador to Sweden, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Undersecretary Mercedita Sombilla, Minister Leila Lora-Santos, Philippine Mission to the UN in New York, Deputy Permanent Representative Maria Rossana Josue, Philippine Embassy in Nairobi, and representatives from the Department of Finance (DOF) and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).