What Works Summit 2022
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The true social and economic costs of the pandemic are not yet known. However, it is clear that many areas of social development, including education, healthcare, and gender equity are suffering major setbacks. Even before the advent of Covid-19, given the world’s rate of progress, we were unlikely to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals before 2080 –– half a century behind schedule. Across the world, we are already feeling and experiencing the effects of climate change, with the poorest and most vulnerable people being the hardest hit.
Human rights around the world are in decline and democracy has come under attack. The most recent example is Putin’s unjustified invasion of Ukraine causing more than 3 million refugees so far and thousands of innocent lives lost. To meet these challenges and to rebuild more inclusively, equitably, sustainably and with greater resilience, we need strong foundations, alignment across sectors, and a common understanding. We have never been more polarized than we are now. Rather than bringing us together to defeat a common enemy, the pandemic has only pushed us further apart and deepened divisions. The war on truth rages on, with the spread of disinformation and propaganda that only feeds various political agendas. Aligning on what is true is the only way to rebuild the trust that has been broken. Without trust in institutions, in people, and in information, creating a brighter future and advancing social progress is all but impossible.
This year the What Works Summit takes on the theme of truth and trust. Through three days of interactive discussions, workshops, debates, inspiring talks, and more, we will learn what is working across various areas of social progress, in a bid to replicate and scale for success. Anchored by the Social Progress Index, a powerful benchmarking tool to connect decision-makers with fresh perspectives on social performance, What Works will bring together leaders from government, business, and civil society, from global thought leaders to local champions, to share and define what works in responding to the most challenging issues of our time.