On December 5, 2019, the Swedish government adopted a new strategy for its cooperation with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The strategy covers the period from 2020- 2023 and is closely aligned with the Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Sweden’s ambition is to host the fiftieth anniversary of the first ever environmental conference, the UN Conference on the Human Environment, held in Stockholm in 1972. In light of this anniversary, Sweden has challenged UNEP to become a global leader in the fight against climate change and to explore synergies between areas such as biodiversity, climate and air, chemicals and waste, sea, coast, and water, as well as health and environment. In particular, Sweden would like to see UNEP adopt two new global frameworks in 2020, one for biodiversity and another for chemicals and waste. Sweden also wants UNEP to push for a global regulation on marine littering, plastic, and microplastics.