The Long Road to Today
The Declaration of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment was made in 1972 in Stockholm, Sweden, resulting in what is often seen as the the first step toward the development of international environmental law, recognising the importance of a healthy environment for people, and creating the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).
In 1982, at County Hall, London and Nairobi, the fledgeling UNEP held two parallel conferences on the seme theme: The Human Environment. This clip is from the London session of the Conference. Here is a link to the Nairobi Declaration. https://www.jstor.org/stable/20692457
The United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), also known as the ‘Earth Summit’, was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 3-14 June 1992. This global conference, held on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the first Human Environment Conference in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1972, brought together political leaders, diplomats, scientists, representatives of the media and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from 179 countries for a massive effort to focus on the impact of human socio-economic activities on the environment. A ‘Global Forum’ of NGOs was also held in Rio de Janeiro at the same time, bringing together an unprecedented number of NGO representatives, who presented their own vision of the world’s future in relation to the environment and socio-economic development.
From the UN Audiovisual Library: Severn Cullis-Suzuki, delivers her famous speech at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). Watch more from the archives:
... 50 years later ...
Only things are not so rosy after all… optimism has nont served us well and the latest IPCC Report tells us just how far we are from the target.