Public Session 8

Empowering Humanity: Addressing Social Crises and Inequalities

Deep within our shared humanity is the belief in a more just world that forms the foundation of our values of compassion, empathy, and understanding. Throughout history, human beings have confronted inequality, discrimination, and disparities. Struggles for civil rights, and socio-economic fairness have emphasised the role of these values in encouraging inclusivity and justice. These values are not ideals; they are the driving forces that should connect us to develop awareness and social responsibility.


In our tightly interconnected world, humanitarian crises such as conflicts, displacement, and environmental emergencies have become alarmingly recurring. These crises demand transformative actions that tackle both their immediate consequences and the underlying issues. Nations with resources and global influence can play a vital role in pursuing equitable solutions by strategic use of their capacities and showcasing solidarity to deal with these crises and inequality. However, despite numerous promises and expressions of compassion, developed countries are failing to ‘walk the talk’, hindering the resolution of global challenges.


This session invites participants to engage in discussions about inequality and the pursuit of a more just world. As inequality prevails, this session aims to champion the challenging but crucial conversation on potential solutions to address the ongoing social crises that persist on a global scale.


Discussion Themes

  • How can societies harness the power of compassion, empathy, and understanding to effectively address deep-rooted social injustices and create a more inclusive and just world?
  • In what ways can nations with resources and global influence play a pivotal role in bridging global gaps, allocating aid, and advocating for systemic changes to tackle pressing humanitarian challenges on a global scale?
  • What innovative strategies can be implemented to reshape the landscape of humanitarian responses?
  • In the pursuit of a more just world, how can it ensure that the principles of compassion, empathy, and understanding are not only espoused but also consistently acted upon by nations and international organisations, particularly in times of crises?