United Nations Conference on the Human Environment Law and Legal Definition

The United Nations Conference on the Human Environment (UNCHE) was an international conference to address environmental issues. The UNCHE was organized by the UN. It was the first United Nations conference on the environment, as well as the first major international gathering focused on human activities in relationship to the environment. The UNCHE laid the corner stone for environmental action at an international level.

The UNCHE was held in Stockholm, Sweden from June 5 to June 16, 1972. It is also known as the Stockholm conference. Representatives from 113 countries, 19 inter-governmental agencies, and more than 400 inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations attended the conference. The United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) that encouraged United Nations agencies to integrate environmental measures into their programs is an outcome of the UNCHE.