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