Welcome to the Global Agenda Hub!
The Global Agenda Hub serves as a comprehensive platform dedicated to offering insights into the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development consultation processes and themes that shape our world’s direction from 2020 to 2030. It provides current and pivotal information on this ongoing decade, and also delves into the historical context, shedding light on the themes and priorities of the 2010-2020 decade. In addition to these, the hub features related news items. It stands as a testament to the commitment to transparency, historical reflection, and staying informed.
IFSW concluded its two-year consultation on the 2020 to 2030 Global Agenda themes on 19 July 2020 at the IFSW online World Conference. The consultation process was launched in 2018 to develop the next Global Agenda themes as a strategy to advance the profession’s focus and impact in the coming decade. The two-year consultation commenced with a dedicated online process enabling all people to submit proposals, followed by national and regional workshops and the World Conference finale. The conference brought all parts of the social work system together: Political leaders, People who have experienced care, community leaders, educators, social service leaders and social workers from throughout the world. Read the full report on the conference outcome here.
On 2 November 2020, folowing further consultations, the International Council on Social Welfare, International Associations of Schools of Social Work along with IFSW and other partners announced that the Global Agenda for Social Work & Social Development Framework for 2020-2030 is “Co-building Inclusive Social Transformation“. Read the full announcement here.
Global Agenda 2010-2020
For information on the history and impact of the Global Agenda, please see the article of David Jones and Rory Truell: The Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development: Extending the Influence of Social Work
To access the foundation commitments from the partners to the Global Agenda, please see the following document: The Global Agenda: Commitments to Action
The reports on the Global Agenda are free to download. Please find them below:
Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development: First Report
Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development: Second Report
Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development: Third Report
Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development: Fourth Report
Global Agenda 2020-2030
The Global Agenda for Social Work & Social Development Framework for 2020-2030 is “Co-building Inclusive Social Transformation“. Under the Global Agenda 2010-2020, themes were set forth on a bi-annual basis, establishing a pattern that continued for a decade. This approach, while methodical, was increasingly viewed as too static, especially given the dynamic and rapidly evolving nature of global challenges.
Our world is currently grappling with an array of complex crises, including violent conflicts, severe environmental degradation, enduring poverty, and pronounced political disparities. To address these pressing issues and to align with the contemporary challenges and aspirations of social work worldwide, a shift has been made towards adopting an annual theme approach, allowing for more timely and relevant responses.
The 2020-2030 Global Agenda themes are:
Theme 1 (2021): Ubuntu: Strengthening Social Solidarity and Global Connectedness
Theme 2 (2022): Co-Building a New Eco-Social World: Leaving No One Behind
Theme 3 (2023): Respecting diversity through joint social action
Theme 4 (2024): Buen Vivir: Shared Future for Transformative Change