the global agenda

2019

ICSW has together with core partners the International Association of Schools of Social Work and the International Federation of Social Workers had a Global Agenda for social work and social development in operation since 2010. As we enter a new decade we want to stimulate conversation about our priorities. A pamphlet Reflections on the Next Global Agenda has been published to start this conversation. You are welcome to send comments, ideas and feedback to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Please mark your contribution «Global Agenda».

2012

The International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW), the International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW), and the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) initiated a discussion to develop a Global Agenda for social work and social development in Hong Kong in June 2010. The first draft of the Global Agenda was presented to the final session of the conference. The three organisations conducted a consultation with members. A combined working party produced the final document for UN Social Work Day, 26th March 2012. Both English & Japanese versions of Global Agenda are ready for download as per links below:

Social Work Day 2012 - Ms. Helen Clark, Administrator of UNDP, and Ivan Simonovic, Assistant Secretary-General and High Commissioner for Human Rights formally accepted the Agenda on behalf of the United Nations. Ms Clark's detailed statement:

Global Agenda in the Journal "International Social Work" - Our colleagues at the International Federation of Social Workers (Special Representative for the global Agenda, Dr David N Jones and the IFSW Secretary-General Dr Rory Truell) have jointly published an article on the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development in the journal "International Social Work". The article provides an overview on the Agenda and makes the link to implementation at a global, national and regional level.

2011

Social Work Day at the UN (March 2011) saw representatives of IASSW, ICSW and IFSW present the development of the Global Agenda. There were two presentations - to social work students and to the meeting at the UN.

2010

At the Joint World Conference in Hong Kong in June 2010, ICSW prepared three papers to form part of the Global Agenda. These can be accessed below.