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Tēna koutou katoa, Talofa lava and warm Pacific greetings.

International Conference: Loneliness beyond Covid-19

As a member of the Global Initiative on Loneliness and Connection (GILC), we are pleased to be promoting the UK’s Campaign to End Loneliness International Conference: Loneliness beyond Covid-19. 

The conference is being held on 18 November at 10.50pm (NZT), going through to 6am (NZT) the next day. While the timing is not great for New Zealand, those who register and choose not to attend live will be able to watch recordings after the event.

World-renowned speakers include:

  • Christopher Mikton—World Health Organisation
  • Professor Julianne Lunt-Holstad—Brigham Young University,
  • Professor Pamela Qualter—Manchester University,
  • Professor Christina Victor—Brunel University,
  • Assistant Professor Luzia Heu—Utrecht University,
  • Alex Smith—Cares Family
  • Professor Manuela Barreto—University of Exeter.
  • Dr Michelle Lim—Global Initiative on Loneliness and Connection
  • Eddie Garcia—Global Initiative on Loneliness and Connection

The opening Keynote will be delivered by Professor Pamela Qualter, Professor of Psychology for Education, University of Manchester.  She will examine the DCMS Evidence Gaps Report.

One of our GILC members, Professor Julianne Holt-Lunstad, is delivering the closing Keynote session for the World Health Organization (WHO).  She will be sharing the latest from WHO and the systemic framework being developed with the Foundation for Social Connection’s Scientific Advisory Council.

There will also be a plenary session in partnership with the Global Initiative on Loneliness and Connection, chaired by Eddie Garcia, Co-chair of GILC.

Loneliness NZ is on the Steering Committee of the Global Initiative on Loneliness and Connection, introduced in a previous Loneliness NZ update

Our thanks and best wishes to you

To everyone reading this… thank you for your interest in addressing the loneliness problem in New Zealand.

We wish you very meaningful connections with others  – your family, friends and whānau – and anyone else less fortunate than you, especially anyone who might be experiencing loneliness and/or living in social isolation.

Hei konā mai. Noho ora mai

Cathy Comber

CEO and Trustee of Loneliness NZ