Published: 27-05-2022 10:44 | Updated: 29-05-2022 09:51

Climate Change and Health - Stockholm+50 Environment Conference

Photo: Stockholm +50

At a joint event, coordinated by the World Health Organization, Karolinska Institutet, and several other organizations the critical interface between people and pathogens, and the health-related existential threats of climate change will be discussed. This side event occurs during the 50th anniversary of the first UN Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm (2-3 June).

Of particular interest to those of us working on mental health issues is that the WHO will be releasing a new policy brief about climate change and mental health in conjunction with the conference. 

Speakers will include the Director-General of the World Health Organization, the head of the WHO's Department of Climate Change and Health, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment, and the President of KI. 

Livestreaming will be made available on the page Stockholm+50 website.

For further information about the event, the activities around it and future involvement in the issue of climate change and health, please contact Shervin Shahnavaz, who has initiated and organized the event on behalf of KI and is planning a follow-up in the autumn. 

Side events during Stockholm+50

June 1

Sustainable planet, sustainable health – how science-based solutions can drive transformative change, 08:15-17:00 (CEST)

World Health Organization, UN OHCHR, UNFCCC, UNDP, International Federation of Medical Student's Associations, Karolinska Institutet.

On 1 June, in connection with the 50th anniversary of the UN's first environmental conference, Karolinska Institutet, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm University and Stockholm Environment Institute are arranging a one-day conference. The main focus is on how academia, through research and higher education, can contribute to the transition to a more sustainable development.

Location: Stockholm University


June 2

Our Health is on Fire, 17:00 (CEST)

CESH (Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Health) and IFMSA (International Federation of Medical Students Associations)

Location: Scheelesalen, Tomtebodavägen 6, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm

Online: Zoom

June 3

Together for a Healthy, Resilient, and Green Recovery, 15.15-16.30 (CEST)

This event will bring together various UN agencies, NGOs and academic institutions working on the intersection between the human right to health, environment, and sustainable development to discuss and elevate the 6 Prescriptions of the WHO Manifesto for a healthy and green recovery from COVID-19.

World Health Organization, UN OHCHR, UNFCCC, UNDP, International Federation of Medical Student's Associations, Karolinska Institutet

Location: Stockholmsmässan, Room 2


Climate Demonstration with KI´s Climate Network

Join the KI's Climate Network walking together with Fridays For future and Researchers´ Desk at the Global Climate Demonstration.

Start: Odenplan at 1 pm.

For more information about this event, please contact 

Fridays for Futrure
Climate demonstration with Fridays For Future and Researchers´Desk March 25. Vice President Anders Gustafsson, Mats J Olsson, Head of Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Shervin Shahnavaz (KI Council for Environment and Sustainable Development), Dorien and Ester Gubi (Department of Global Public Health).


Shervin Shahnavaz


Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, and Psychotherapist at the Centre for Psychiatry Research and Centre for Education & Research at Karolinska Institutet (KI) and Region Stockholm.

Vice-Chairman of KI Council for Environment and Sustainable development.