Co-building a New Eco-Social world: Leaving No One Behind

The People’s Summit  28 June - 2 July 2022

Social Work Today is the media partner for this global online conference, entitled Co-building a New Eco-Social World: Leaving No One Behind. 


This international four day summit will bring together individuals and communities, people with lived experience alongside global organisation to discuss and distil shared local and global values, policies and practises for a new eco-social world that leaves no one behind as we emerge from the pandemic. 


The aim of the summit is to create opportunities for all people to contribute to a world that is ecologically sustainable and socially just, built on four key themes: 

  • Buen Vivir, love and care of people and the planet, responsibilities and rights 

  • Respect, dignity, harmony and justice

  • Diversity, belonging, reciprocity and equity

  • Ubuntu, togetherness and community


Rory Truell, Co-facilitator of the people’s global summit and Secretary-General of the International Federation of Social Workers explains the six actions we can take together to co-build a sustainable and fair world. Read the full article here


The summit will be opened on 29 June with a message from Antonio Guterres, Secretary- General of the United Nations, and the environmental and climate activist from South Africa, Kumi Naidoo. A full programme of events is available here on the website and the keynote sessions can be found here:


Conference partners, alongside Co-Facilitators the International Federation of Social Workers and the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, include Baha’i International Community, the Commonwealth Secretariat, Commonwealth Organisation for Social Work, Commonwealth Youth Programme, Conference of International Non-Governmental Organisations of the Council of Europe, FaithInvest, Global Commission on Drug Policy, Global Social Service Workforce Alliance, Global Student Forum, Global union Federation of Workers in Public Services, Green Economy Coalition, International Association for Community Development, International Association of Schools of Social Work, international Council on Social Welfare, International Federation of Medical Students Associations, International Pharmaceutical Federation, Latin American Council of Social Sciences, PowerUS, Social Work Ethics Research Group, UNICEF (the United Nations Children’s Fund), UNESCO Chair in Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts, and the World Federation of Public Health Associations.


Contributions include Academic Presentations, Blogs, Dances, Songs, Interviews, Panel Discussions, Pechakucha presentations, Poetry and spoken word, Posters, Research Findings, Storytelling, Ted Talks style presentations, TikTok style video and Workshops.


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 to create a catalyst for further global action.

Social Work Today will bring you news, articles, interviews and insights from The People’s Global Summit, helping to disseminate the discussion, the findings and the outcomes among our audience of professional social workers all around the globe in order to help promote inclusion at all levels of social work and to assist in progressing the summit’s aims.

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