Members and officers of the ICSW SEAP participated in the 12th ASEAN GO-NGO Forum on Social Welfare and Development, held last 17 October 2017 at Yangon, Myanmar. The theme of the forum was “Strengthening Social Protection to Address Challenges of Ageing Societies”. The forum is held annually and seeks to increase and strengthen cooperation between ASEAN region governments and civil-society organizations in establishing joint projects. Attended by 80 delegates from governments and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from ASEAN member countries, the event was opened by Union Minister of Myanmar Dr. Win Myat Aye, who delivered the Welcome Address. In his speech, the Union Minister underscored the importance of social protection schemes and encouraged inclusive discussion on social protection issues in the context of the priority theme of the Forum. He also invited the participants from the ASEAN member countries to share best practices and lessons learned regarding the implementation of existing commitments.
By Patience W. Stephens
from Global Newsletter - September 2017
Concern for “the people” is at the heart of the historic declaration on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that the 193-member United Nations General Assembly adopted on September 25, 2015. Underscoring that emphasis is the fact that “people” is the first of 5 areas identified by the declaration as being of critical importance for humanity and the planet. The other areas are “planet”, “prosperity”, “peace” and “partnerships.” Seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets are expected to guide and drive global development efforts through 2030.
Joint statement of the Presidents of International Association of the Schools of Social Work and International Council on Social Welfare
The tripartite meeting of partners, International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW), International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW) and the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW), was convened in Paris on September 5th of this year to finalize the selection of the host city for the 2020 Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development.
Dublin will host the Joint World Social Work, Education and Social Development Conference, for the first time, on the 4-7th July 2018 in the Royal Dublin Society. This major World conference is being organised on behalf of the International Federation of Social Workers, the International Schools of Social Work and the International Council on Social Welfare.
by Ms. Grace Chan
from Global Newsletter - April 2017
Population ageing is an important phenomenon that generates economic, social and personal challenges for societies. The associated demographic changes also call for developing new products and services designed to meet the needs of an increasing number of older adults. We expect technological innovations to enhance the effectiveness of our health and long-term care systems, improve the quality of life of the older population and, at the same time, create a new page for the associated societal changes.