In 2008, the 1st Ecumenical Social Week was conducted at the initiative of the Institute of Ecumenical Studies. It was entitled ‘Cooperative Movement in Ukraine’. About fifty foreign experts came to support the efforts of social organizations that work with addicts, elderly people, the disabled and street children. On the press conference of June 13, 2008, the expert group which included the representatives of various institutional, disciplinary and denominational circles and was established on the occasion of the 1st Ukrainian Ecumenical Social Week presented the first text containing consensus points on social issues, shared by Christians of different Ukraine’s denominations.

On October 5-11, 2009, the 2nd Ecumenical Social Week (2 ESW) ‘Social Responsibility’ was held in Lviv. It was attended by over one thousand people. The week’s goal was to discuss and address social issues, share experience of foreign and Ukrainian colleagues and seek co-operation. In addition, the Expert Council of the ESW developed the bill ‘Percentage Philanthropy’ which aims to help non-governmental organization. Based on the strategy of the bill, once a year each taxpayer may deduct 2% in favor of their chosen organization. As a result of the 2nd ESW, this bill was registered in the Supreme Council of Ukraine.

The 3rd Ecumenical Social Week 2010 ‘Trust. Responsibility. Philanthropy’. The main issues for the discussions during the 3rd ESW were the issues of the formation and development of philanthropy in Ukraine and abroad, trust and responsibility as the basis for social partnership between churches and government, business and social organizations, the issue of personal responsibility in health care, the role of media in addressing social problems, and Christian education of the youth and specific character of teaching of Christian ethics in schools. In general, the activities of the 3rd ESW were visited by about 3,000 people. The forum confirmed its national status and gathered a wide range of religious leaders, representatives of government and business, civic and social organizations, youth associations and communities from all over Ukraine.

The week resulted into establishing the National Network of ESW. The expert council of ESW expressed their support for the bill ‘On Public Associations’, the plenary session ‘Effective Law As the Basis For Civil Society’ was held at which new legislative initiatives were presented and submitted for discussion that promote the development of civil society in the country. A conclusion and recommendations on amendments to the Tax Code of Ukraine were written.

4th Ecumenical Social Week 2011 “Reforms Through Trust’. The 4th ESW brought on the agenda the issue of reforms and their implementation through trust, in particular, through the restoration and formation of trust in Ukrainian society. This year’s forum was attended by domestic and foreign experts who shared their experience of social service, research and practical activities aimed at developing confidence and facilitate the reform process. The participants of the 4th ESW demonstrated the best national and international scientific and practical experience, defined cutting-edge approaches and social technologies that had gained recognition and were used in the world, and stressed the appropriateness of their use, taking into account the character of Ukrainian society. All these proposals were included in the Resolution of the 4th Ecumenical Social Week.

The honorary guests and speakers of the ESW were as follows:

The 1st ESW 2008: Cardinal Lyubomyr Huzar, archbishop of the UGCC, Daniel Schmidt, vice president of the Bradley Foundation (USA), Jean Paul Veziant, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of France in Ukraine, Ivan Yurkovych, Apostolic Nuncio in Ukraine, Michel Camdessus, former director general of the International Monetary Fund, Volodymyr Stretovych, deputy of Ukraine, Yuriy Miroshnychenko, people’s deputy of Ukraine, Lyudmyla Denisova, Minister of Labour and Social Policy, Kateryna Yushchenko, ICF ‘Ukraine 3000’, Genevieve Hedan, director of the Social Department of Paris City Council .

The 2nd ESW 2009: Magdalena Bogner, a member of the Supervisory Board of the Foundation RENOVABIS. Germany, Peter Mazurkevich, secretary general of the Bishop’s Conferences of the European Union, Alexander Dobroer, director of the European Institute for Social Communications, Volodymyr Vyatrovych, director of the SBU Archives Department, Frans Hoppenbrouwers, Foundation ‘Comunicantes’, Netherlands, Thomas Wire, executive director of the structural center of the German-Polish-Ukrainian Society in Ukraine, Hans-Gert Poettering, former president of the European Parliament, Hans-Juergen Heimsoeth, Ambassador of Germany in Ukraine, Norbert Neuhaus, Robert Schuman Foundation.

The 3rd ESW 2010: Martin Raiser, head of the World Bank for Ukraine, Belorus and Moldova, Bernard Chevenez, vice president of the Social Weeks of France, Sofiya Opatska, director of Lviv Business School of UCU, Mark Hardy, director of the Non-Profit Administration Program of Notre Dame University, USA, Romain Huet, assistant professor at the Department of Ethics, Catholic University of Lille, France, Ruslan Kraplych, director of the Anti-crisis humanitarian program of the International Foundation ‘Renaissance’, Anatoliy Kozak, secretary general of Caritas Ukraine, Anna Hulevska-Chernysh, director of The Ukrainian Philanthropists Forum, Daniel Caron, Ambassador of Canada in Ukraine, Rulan Zhylenko, director of The Carpathian Foundation, Oleksandr Ilyenko, The Department for Civil Society Development of the Secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, Maksym Latsyba, head of programs of the Ukrainian Center for Independent Political Research, Serhiy Letenko, president of ACF ‘Children's World’, Ivan Malkovych, director of the publishing house 'A-BA-BA-HA-LA-MA-HA'.

The 4th ESW 2011: Oleksandr Maksymchuk, Ukraine 3000 Foundation, Marius Vismantas, program coordinator of the private and financial sector of the World Bank for Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova, Rev. Daniel McDonald, vice-rector of the Pontifical Gregorian University, Robert Brinkley, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Ukraine (2002-2006), Christine Menhes Le Pap, professor of the University of Toulouse, Mariya Novak, president of the Association ADIE, France, Lionel J. Quinell, director of the corporation HQS Consulting Services, Canada, Tetyana Shapovalova, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of Ukraine, Vira Nanivska, director of the International Centre for Policy Studies.

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