IASSW, ICSW and IFSW Joint Statement

The Presidents of International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW), International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW) and International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) are delighted to announce their ongoing joint commitment to the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social development and that the three organizations will be jointly holding world conferences in 2022 and 2024 with the expectation that joint conferences will continue into the future. It was agreed that whenever possible the world conferences will be rotated by the region. While there is no criterion for any of the partner organizations to have local member in the conference host country, attention should be given by the conference host to assist with the development of local members for each of the global members.  In 2022 other partners can be involved at the subcommittee level such as the Programme Committee. In 2024 a global service-user organization will be invited as an equal partner with IASSW, ICSW and IFSW as the global hosts of the world conference.

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Message to the social workers of Iran

Dear Social Workers of Iran,

As you celebrate Social Work Day 2019 we join you by sending our warmest wishes. As social workers around the world form a global community working for equitable decent well-being for all, some core values are equally shared: The dignity of all, social justice and human rights.

Even if the work will be varied based on different conditions for social work as well as society as such around the globe, the core concerns remain similar for a profession striving towards opportunities and realisation of human potential for all people.

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The World Social Work Day celebrated in Bangkok

The World Social Work Day 2019 for the Asia and Pacific was celebrated at the United Nations Convention Centre on 4th April 2019. The event was organized by the Department of Social Development and Welfare, Government of the Kingdom of Thailand in collaboration with the National Council on Social Welfare of Thailand (NCSWT), member of ICSW. Prof. P.K.Shajahan, Vice President ICSW was invited by the Government of Thailand upon suggestion by the ICSW SEAP president Mr. Chinchai Cheecheroen. The event was attended by social workers, social work educators and social work students from the Asia and the Pacific and officials from the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security and Department of Social Development and Welfare, Government of Kingdom of Thailand.

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Social Work Day at the UN

The 36th Social Work Day at the UN was celebrated on 1 April 2019 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Organized by International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW), International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW) and International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW), it was attended by several hundred students, social workers and social development practitioners. Its topic was chosen to highlight importance of human relationships--the priority theme of the Global Agenda for Social Policy and Social Development, adopted by the IASSW, ICSW and IFSW, with special emphasis on policies and programs to protect children.

The speakers represented three main groups of stakeholders working on issues of child welfare at the UN: member states of the United Nations, UN secretariat and specialized agencies of the UN, and civil society organizations.

The program of the event is attached.

The panel discussion was recorded by the UN TV and is available here.

http://webtv.un.org/watch/social-work-day-2019-at-the-united-nations/6021318335001/?term=

Global Social Welfare Digital Summit 2019

ICSW in cooperation with SWHELPER has co-sponsored Global Social Welfare Digital Summit 2019 that took place from 19th to 21st March 2019. The purpose of the conference was to use an interdisciplinary approach for helping professionals in the field of social work and social development to provide news, information, and resources critical to global knowledge sharing and using virtual format.

The four-day conference focused on the following topics: Activism and Advocacy, Trauma Informed Care, Self-Care and Healing. Dr. Sanjay Bhatt, the ICSW President for South Asia and Professor at the Delhi School of Social Work, University of Delhi made a presentation at the conference.

Attendees could view sessions live or watch them on demand via one year access to all presentations.

View Full Agenda: https://www.globalsocialwelfaresummit.com/full-program

About the Organizers: https://www.globalsocialwelfaresummit.com/about-us