Commemorative Event: World Day of Social Justice

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The Permanent Mission of the Kyrgyz Republic to the UN and the International Labour Organization (ILO), in partnership with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), are pleased to convene the commemorative meeting of the 2023 World Day of Social Justice. This year’s theme will focus on the recommendations of Our Common Agenda to strengthen global solidarity and to re-build trust in government by “Overcoming Barriers and Unleashing Opportunities for Social Justice”.

The 2023 World Day of Social Justice provides an opportunity to foster dialogue with Member States, youth, social partners, civil society, UN organisations and other stakeholders on actions needed to strengthen the social contract that has been fractured by rising inequalities, conflicts and weakened institutions that are meant to protect the rights of workers. Despite these multiple crises, there are many opportunities to build a coalition for social justice and to unleash greater investments in decent jobs, with a particular focus on the green, digital and care economy, and on young people.

Key Questions for Discussion:

What are the key bottlenecks and challenges to overcoming rising inequalities, decent work deficits, including lack of access to social protection, digital exclusion and disruption of trade?

What are the opportunities in the green and digital economy to reduce inequalities and promote social justice, in particular for youth?
What actions are needed by governments, the UN system, international financial institutions, employers’ and workers’ organisations, civil society and other stakeholders to increase investments for social justice?

© ADB Female construction workers help to build the foundation for a wind farm in Thailand.

© ADB Female construction workers help to build the foundation for a wind farm in Thailand.

The commemoration will start with an online dialogue with youth advocates and young entrepreneurs on their vision for social justice and shared prosperity and will be followed by an in-person side-event.

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Concept Note



CoNGO Notes: For more information on CoNGO–the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations, visit www.ngocongo.org. For specific information about how CoNGO commemorates the World Day of Social Justice, see CoNGO Global Thematic Webinar on Social Justice.

The Peoples’ Global Summit | Co-building a New Eco-Social World: Leaving No One Behind

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The President of CoNGO–Liberato Bautista–is delivering one of the Keynote Speeches.

The people’s global summit is for everyone. It brings together individuals and communities, people of lived experiences, along with global organisations to co-build a combined global conversation on the creation of globally shared values for a new eco-social world that leaves no one behind.

The vision of this people’s global summit emerges from this pandemic, the climatic crisis, and the need to co-build a new eco-social world based on values that shape policies and practices to ensure sustainability and good quality life-cycles – not only for each human being but for each part of our eco-systems on which we all depend, leaving no one behind.

The people’s global summit provides spaces for individuals as well as for group representatives to advance their ideas and provide a platform for engagement across different cultures, diverse lived experiences, professional groups, and perspectives. All contributions will shape the Global Values Declaration for a new eco-social world that will be delivered to the United Nations High-Level Political Forum in July 2022 and will create a catalyst for further global action.

Live Opening Ceremony

The live opening ceremony will take place live on Wednesday 29 June, starting at 06:00 UTC.

The summit will be opened by Antonio Guterres, the United Nations Secretary-General, who has consistently highlighted the need for transformational change:

This will be followed by a keynote from Kumi Naidoo, a global civil society representative, human rights and environmental activist.

We will all have a task over the days of the summit. Together we will co-design and co-build a People’s Charter to drive forward a new eco-social world that leaves no one behind. In this opening session, we will outline how everyone can be heard and can contribute.

Keynote sessions

Read here about the 26 keynote sessions and the speakers, including:

* Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the UN

* Kumi Naidoo, Environmental and climate activist

* Richard Lochhead, Minister for Just Transition, Employment and Fair Work at the Scottish Government

* Tarcila Rivera. founder of the International Indigenous Women’s Forum

* Oliver Greenfield and Najma Mohamed, Green Economy Coalition

* Liberato C. Bautista, President of the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations

* Representatives of Global Student Forum

Live Panels

You will be able to interact with 16 live panels from all around the world to help shape our shared futures.

Each panel session will be followed by a comments section where participants will be able to interact with the presenters, ask questions and make comments throughout the conference.

These discussions will contribute to the development of The People’s Charter  that will be initially submitted to the world’s leaders as they gather at the 2022 United Nations High-Level Political Forum and General Assembly as an invitation to join us and call to action to work with us for our shared futures.

Open Mic Session

During the Summit, there will Open Mic Sessions that will create the opportunity for all of the summit participants to make comments or reflections on what values, principles, policies and practices should be highlighted in this summit. The Open Mic Platform is text-only and participants can use online translation tools so everyone can express themselves to an international audience. We invite all summit participants to make their contributions at any of the 13 open mic sessions that will take place during the #PeoplesSummit from 29th June through to 2nd July.

Along with the other contributions, the partners of the summit will be closely watching and interacting with the Open Mic Sessions so all people´s comments will contribute to shaping the new eco-social agenda.

Registration and Fees

Register here now to have access to all the content and start preparing your participation! This is a barrier-free event, so all can participate, simply name the amount you want to pay:

Full Fee: 75 USD

Medium Fee: 50 USD

Low fee: 20 USD

Free participation possible