The Human Environment: Stockholm and its Follow Up
The United Nations’ Conference on the Human Environment was held in Stockholm 5–16 June 1972. Some commentators say it was ‘the most important conference ever held’.1 Never before had so many world leaders come together to discuss ‘the future of our species and the habitat in which it lives’.2 Yet, the Conference took place without the participation of the whole Eastern bloc, which had refused to take part after a quibble about the non-recognition of the German Democratic Republic, a problem which 15 years later appears largely historic. The importance of the Conference was, however, greatly reduced by the absence of socialist countries.
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