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To tackle loneliness globally, we need to collaborate and share knowledge with each other.

Together with influential organisations, thought leaders and renowned experts, we're putting together events, which aim to highlight national insights and unite us internationally.



20 July 2021


About this Event

This international webinar is an opportunity to hear more from countries around the world about the lessons learnt from their experience in tackling loneliness during a pandemic. The event is organised by the Campaign to End Loneliness with support from the Global Initiative on Loneliness and Connection and is the inaugural event for this new international collaboration.

Who is this webinar for?

This webinar is for you if you are a policymaker or researcher who is interested in exploring the global response to loneliness.

What experts are featured?


Dr. Marieke Ernst, University Medical Center, Germany on global research illuminating the pandemics impact on loneliness (@ 4:45 of Recording)



Robin Hewings, Campaign to End Loneliness, UK on UK specific research and findings (@ 11:16 of Recording)


Dr. Ruth Verhey, The Friendship Bench, Zimbabwe on local program implementation and experiences in Zimbabwe (@15:50 of Recording)



Dr. Fiona Martin, MP Australia, Co-Chair Parliamentary Friends of Ending Loneliness on Australia's commitment to tackling loneliness (@ 24:53 of Recording)


Panel Presentation: moderated by Dr. Vivek Murthy, US Surgeon General and panelists Baronness Diana Barran MBE, UK Minister for Loneliness and Andrew Giles, MP Australia and Co-Chair Parliamentary Friends of Ending Loneliness (@ 26:04 of Recording)


Dr. Michelle Lim and Edward Garcia, MHS, Co-Directors of the Global Initiative on Loneliness and Connection (@ 53:36 of Recording)


Dr. Naoko Yamamoto, Assistant Director-General, Universal Health Coverage and Healthier Populations, World Health Organization (@ 58:03 of Recording)


What can you expect?

You will have the opportunity to hear from a number of global leaders on how they are tackling loneliness or are perceiving loneliness around the globe.

There will also be the chance to hear from individual countries around the world about their experience of supporting people who are lonely during a global pandemic as well as discuss what happens next in small groups in breakout rooms.

This event also marks the inaugural event from the newly-formed Global Initiative on Loneliness and Connection (GILC). The GILC is comprised of representatives of national organizations committed to addressing the pressing global issues of loneliness and social isolation and to support the dissemination of system-wide, national approaches to building social connection. This webinar has been organised by the Campaign to End Loneliness with the support of the Global Initiative on Loneliness and Connection.


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