Only One Earth: Stockholm and the Beginning of Modern Environmental Diplomacy


  • Andreas Grieger


The 1972 UN Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm marked a watershed in the evolution of humanity's relationship with the earth and global concern about the environment. While most of the conference’s accomplishments were mainly rhetorical, its ultimate success was that environmental policy became a universal concern within international diplomacy. Sweden, as the host country, played no minor role in achieving this outcome.

Author Biography

Andreas Grieger

Andreas Grieger studied North American studies, history, and political science at the Free University in Berlin. From 2006 to 2007, he was the recipient of a Fulbright grant and he completed his MA in U.S. diplomatic history (2007) at the Ohio State University. He was a research associate at the Rachel Carson Center until 2014 and is working on his dissertation project on the emergence and evolution of U.S. environmental diplomacy since the late 1960s.