United Nations Conference on the Human Environment

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The United Nations Conference on the Human Environment , or World Environment Conference , shortly UNCHE ( English United Nations Conference on the Human Environment ), was held from 5 to 16 June 1972 in Stockholm instead and was the first conference United Nations on environment and is considered the beginning of international (global) environmental policy .

More than 1200 representatives from 113 countries met to develop a "Declaration of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment". The adopted declaration contains 26 principles for the environment and development. In addition, an action plan with 109 recommendations was drawn up, which more explicitly details international environmental management measures.

With their adoption, the states commit themselves to cross-border cooperation in environmental and nature conservation issues. As a result, the United Nations Environment Program was founded in the same year , which prepared further conferences. Numerous environmental agreements resulted directly or indirectly from UNCHE, e.g. B.

The subsequent United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 (also known as the World Summit) is mostly perceived as the highlight of the UN conferences.


  • Hermann J. Schulte: Only one earth. Environment (VDI Düsseldorf) 2 (3), pp. 20-23 (1972), ISSN  0041-6355
  • Hermann J. Schulte: 106 recommendations and one declaration. Environment (VDI Düsseldorf) 2 (4), pp. 20-24 (1972), ISSN  0041-6355
  • Lutz Franke: Consensus without commitment . Environment (VDI Düsseldorf) 2 (4), pp. 24-26 (1972), ISSN  0041-6355
  • Schulz-Walden, Thorsten (2013): Beginnings of global environmental policy. Environmental security in international politics (1969–1975) , Oldenbourg Verlag, Munich, ISBN 978-3-486-72362-5 .

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