International Forum

14th Ecumenical Social Week

«Promoting The Common Good: Towards Sustainable Development»

Lviv, October 5-9, 2021

(hybrid format, with online option)


The annual International Forum “Ecumenical Social Week” (ESW) unites the resources of academia, the community, public authorities, churches, social organizations, charities, and mass media to discuss and solve social issues, based on the principles of common good and the Social Doctrine of Christian churches. Last year’s discussions (the theme was “Hear the Cry of the Earth: Integral Ecology in Action”) hosted attendees from 15 countries, who have lead us to the decision to dedicate the next issue of the ESW to sustainable development. We aim to host a series of discussions on sustainable development goals, approaching them from the perspective of ecumenical social doctrine and creating a platform for interdisciplinary exchange.

Organizers: The Institute of Ecumenical Studies, Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv City Council, Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Ukraine.

Expert support and partners: Lviv Regional Council and Administration, National University “Lviv Polytechnics”, NGO “Center for Eco-theology and Sustainable Development”, UGCC Ecobureau, “Ecology, Law. Human Being” and others.

We invite scholars, experts and activists interested in the topics of sustainable development, religious social thought and integral ecology to send us proposals for both panels/events and papers focused on, but not limited to, the following subject areas (sustainable development goals):

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1) Overcoming Poverty

2) Overcoming Hunger

3) Good Health

4) Quality Education

5) Gender Equality

6) Clean Water and Proper Sanitation

7) Renewable Energy

8) Decent Work and Economic Growth

9) Innovations and Infrastructure

10) Reducing Inequality

11) Sustainable Development of Cities and Communities

12) Responsible Consumption

13) Fighting Climate Change

14) Conservation of Marine Ecosystems

15) Conservation of Terrestrial Ecosystems

16) Peace and Justice

17) Partnership for the sake of Sustainable Development

Questions that ESW would like to address: What challenges are different sectors facing when trying to achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs)? What role does civil society play in creating sustainable communities? How can religious social doctrines foster and achieve the sustainable development goals today? What is the Church doing, or what can it do, in order to create a better and more just world? How is the intersection partnership developing today? How does the war affect sustainable development? How can we promote renewable business? How can civil society, the state, business, the Church, religious organizations, mass media and educators cooperate in reaching the SDGs? How are the SDGs interconnected, and how can improvements/problems in one field promote progress/decline in others? What does the religious reflection (Encyclicals Laudato Si’ and Fratelli Tutti, the Orthodox Document For the Life of the World) approach the SDGs? What are the ecological, social, migration challenges of the war in Eastern Ukraine? What is at stake at the COP26?


Paper proposals:

The paper abstracts (max. 350 words) should be accompanied by a short CV. Please, indicate which of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals your speech refers to. If selected, you will be allocated a 15 minute slot for your paper.


Event proposals:

Include the following information:

-     Topic, duration and format of event (round table, seminar, workshop, panel discussion, project presentation, book presentation, cultural and artistic events, webinar, showing a film etc.)

-         Target audience

-         Necessary technical equipment: a monitor, a projector, access to the internet, translation. Taking into consideration the limited number of technically-equipped spaces, we encourage the applicants to use their own laptops or tablets.

-         List of suggested speakers and moderator (-s).

The maximum duration time of the event – 2 hours. You may not organize more than two events on different topics within the forum. One participant should not to be a moderator and a speaker at the same event simultaneously. The Organizational Committee will not reimburse the travel expenses of the speakers. Accommodation can be provided on demand. Please send an event proposal description of no more than 500 words and a short CV.


*We kindly ask you to indicate whether it is possible to hold the event online in case of quarantine restrictions.

Send your proposals to Iryna Kitura (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) by July 1, 2021, with the email subject – ESW paper and/or ESW event. Do send your proposals at your earliest convenience. For more detailed information, please send an email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).