June 3, 2022

Achieving a sustainable and inclusive recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic : (Re) shaping economies that work for women PGA’s Special Event at Stockholm+50 International Meeting

President of the UN General Assembly, Government of Sweden, and United Nations Foundation


Stockholm, Sweden

The Stockholm Conference of 1972 recognized for the first time in the Stockholm Declaration the interconnectedness between development, poverty, and the environment. Fifty years since, the world faces environmental, societal, and economic challenges like no other, especially in the wake of COVID-19.

Achieving a sustainable and inclusive recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic will require a serious assessment as to how economies across the world work for women. At the same time, the world is undergoing a transformative change like never before. With technological advancements driving innovation and change, it is time to re-think the practices that have hitherto hindered the just and inclusive participation of women and help re-shape economies that work for women.

Moreover, as we transition towards more nature-positive, low-carbon, resource-efficient, sustainable, and inclusive economies, underpinned by rapid technological, digital, and demographic changes, attention needs to be paid to how the formal and informal sectors can accommodate for greater participation of women in the workforce, including through up-skilling, capacity building and financing.

The opportunity to rebuild better after the COVID-19 pandemic offers an opportunity to pursue an international dialogue about the role of women in the future sustainable economies, especially in high impact sectors with the largest climate, nature, and pollution footprints like food, energy, and manufacturing. The event will be from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. CEST on June 3, 2022 and is only open to Stockholm +50 registrants.


H.E. Abdulla Shahid

President of the UN General Assembly

Abdulla Shahid is widely recognized as an exceptional politician and a seasoned diplomat, with a long and distinguished career serving in both the Government and legislature of Maldives.

Since his appointment as Minister for Foreign Affairs in 2018, for the second time, Mr. Shahid has worked incessantly to reposition Maldives as a responsible and respected member of the international community, by renewing previously strained relationships and building new ones, both in the bilateral and the multilateral domains.

H.E. Ann Linde

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden

Ann Linde is the current Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden. She has held that office since September 2019. Prior to that, Ms. Linde served as Minister for European Union Affairs and Trade, and from 2014 to 2016 she was State Secretary at Ministry for Home Affairs. From 2013 to 2014, she served as Head of the International Unit for the Party of European Socialists (PES), based in Brussels. She was the International Secretary of the Swedish Social Democratic Party from 2000 to 2013. In the 1980s, she worked for several non-governmental organisations and during the 1990s she was working at the Swedish Government Offices, holding both political and non-political positions. In the year 2021 Ms. Linde held the position as the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office. Among her numerous assignments she has served as a board member of the Olof Palme International Centre and the Anna Lindh Memorial Fund. Ms. Linde has a bachelor’s degree in political science, sociology and economics from Stockholm University. Ann Linde is married, has two children and lives in Stockholm.

Diana Amini

Global Manager at the H&M Foundation

Diana Amini joined the H&M Foundation in 2015 as Global Manager. The work includes leading a team of twelve and being responsible for the strategic direction, program development and deliveries, as well as associated communication plans and activities. 

Cynthia Wandia

Co-Founder and CEO of Kwara

Cynthia Wandia is a Kenyan electrical engineer, polyglot, entrepreneur, businesswoman and corporate executive, who is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Kwara Limited, a Kenya-based online and mobile banking platform for financial cooperatives, credit unions and community banks.

Angela Zhong

Girl Up Leader

Angela Zhong is a first-generation Asian-American Harvard student hailing from Houston, Texas. She is on leave, but studies economics with a secondary in environmental science public policy and a citation in Mandarin. On campus, Angela is involved in: the Harvard College Consulting Group’s plant-based meat substitute case, the Council of Student Sustainability Leaders, Presidential Committee on Sustainability Scope 3 Emissions Group, Harvard University Undergraduate Council Executive Cabinet, and the student-faculty Dining Services Council.

Additionally, Angela advocated for youth climate action at the: UNDP Climate Dear World Leaders Campaign, FAO School Lunch Food Waste Campaign, Department of Energy Future40 Youth Consultation, Inaugural U.S. Youth Consultation for UN Climate Strategy, EarthX2022, World Food Programme Presentations, and Conference of Youth (UKCOY16) prior to COP26. For more information: angelazhong.com.