by Amsterdam Sustainability Institute

From urgency to agency - Reflections of 50 Years of Environmental Policy

Online via Zoom

This online Sustainable Development Goals-Academy event reflects on 50 years of environmental policy, at international and national levels, starting with the keynote speech from Prof. dr. Joyeeta Gupta, Professor of Law and Policy in Water Resources and Environment at IHE Delft and Professor of Environment and Development in the Global South at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research of the University of Amsterdam.

About the event

Early June policy experts are gathering for the international meeting of Stockholm+50. This 10 June SDG-Academy event reflects on the 50 years of environmental policy and questions on shifting gears from urgency to agency. “A point has been reached in history when we must shape our actions throughout the world with a more prudent care for their environmental consequences.

Through ignorance or indifference, we can do massive and irreversible harm to the earthly environment on which our life and well-being depend.” These words sound as they come from today, but were stated at the Stockholm Declaration on the Human Environment in 1972, when governments gathered in Sweden for the first-ever UN environmental conference—the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment. Fifty years later, with Stockholm+50 we need to move from acknowledging urgency to taking action towards a better future for all.

In this online event, we will reflect on these years of environmental policy, at international and national levels, with the keynote speech from Prof. dr. Joyeeta Gupta. Eszter Szedlacsek, Laura de Vries and Prof. Philipp Pattberg will share their first-hand experience from joining the Stockholm+50 international meeting.


Moderator: Prof. Philipp Pattberg, ASI Director

Prof. dr. Joyeeta Gupta is full professor of environment and development in the global south at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences of the University of Amsterdam and IHE Delft Institute for Water Education and the Faculty Professor on Sustainability (2019-2024). She leads the programme group on Governance and Inclusive Development. J. Gupta has a European Research Council Advanced Grant of €2.5 M for 2021-2026. This project studies the role of big investors in leaving fossil fuels underground and the North South implications of doing so.

Eszter Szedlacsek is a PhD candidate and Marie Curie fellow working on the governance nexus of climate and poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa. As part of her joint doctorate, she is pursuing research at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU), The Netherlands, complemented by secondments at Universite 1 Pantheon Sorbonne, France and AFD: Agence Francaise de Developpement. Her research entails field research in South Africa and Kenya. Eszter has obtained her Master’s degree in Public Policy at Central European University and the University of York (UK) and has diverse professional experiences as a policy analyst.

Prof. dr. Philip Pattberg is a full professor and chair of transnational environmental governance and policy at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU), The Netherlands. Philipp is also head of the environmental policy analysis department (EPA) and scientific director of the Amsterdam Sustainability Institute (ASI), the VU’s inter-faculty research institute on sustainability.


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