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Important milestones in sustainable development


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United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, Stockholm, 5-16 June 1972.







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Stockholm agreement

In 1972, 113 nations attended the United Nations' Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm, Sweden. It was the start of the global efforts to tackle environmental problems. The delegates at the conference discussed many issues. These included:

  • the human impact on the environment;

  • population growth;

  • social and economic development;

  • help to developing nations;

  • the part that governments should play in developing their own countries without harming the environment for other countries;

  • the contributions that technology and education can make to tackling environmental issues.

The conference made the link between securing a good quality of life for all the people on the planet. This needed to be considered for future generations as well as the present.

The conference led to the establishment of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and other environmental organisations.


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