World Social Work Day is on the 17th March 2020. It is the key day in the year that social workers worldwide stand together to advance our common message globally.
This year, the 2020 World Social Day highlights ‘Promoting the Importance of Human Relationships’. This is the fourth and final theme of the 2010 to 2020 Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development.
Promoting the Importance of Human Relationships: This theme was established to build international focus on the interdependence of people and the need for change in policies and social service delivery. Commenting on the theme IFSW Secretary-General, Rory Truell said:
“The integrated themes of the Global Agenda give voice and action for a sustainable world. A world underpinned by equality, where everyone has the skills to contribute to their environments for benefit of all and the planet. This theme highlights that co-determining relationships between people, communities, nations are essential in addressing the social, economic and ecological challenges. Drawing on the core skills of bringing people together to balance needs in celebrated diversity, social work has a significant and essential contribution to make in every society. Our task and mission at the time is to advance this message in our communities, in our workplaces and with our governments and shape a sustainable future.”
Cobranding the Poster: All social work partners and members are welcome to co-brand the #SWSD2020 poster by adding their logo alongside the IFSW logo. We also invite them to share with us their initiatives, events, and proposals to celebrate #WSWD2020. We will upload them on this page and distribute them among social workers around the world.
The themes for the next decade are currently under consultation. You are welcome to participate and share with us your vision of the future Global Agenda 2020-2030. We will close the consultation process in the SWSD 2020: IFSW International Conference of Social Work in Calgary, Canada. Join us to share the future of Social Work!
We also invite member organisations to translate the poster into their own languages. Last years poster was translated into 70 languages highlighting global professional unity and common action.
We hope that most organisations will be able to edit the poster for translation themselves, but if this is not possible, please copy the text below in bold, write your translation underneath, and email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Promoting the importance of human relationships
World Social Work Day
17th March 2020
WSWD poster is out!
Thank you to all – it is a significant professional step forward that globally social workers promote the importance of human relationships! IFSW will post your translated poster on this website so that it can be shared across the world. (Please note that the relevant IFSW member organisation must approve the translation which may take a few days).
(More language options will be posted here shortly)
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Events on World Social Work Day 2020
IFSW organises events on World Social Work Day as part of its representation work at the United Nations offices in Geneva and New York. Information will be posted here shortly.
Relationship Manager Ms. Lola Casal-Sanchez who will be accompanying the President.
- Theme: Time for Action to Social Change: From Crisis to Hope – Social Work in Latin America
- Date and time: February 29 th (Sat), 2020
- Lecture: 1:30 – 5:00 pm
- Social event: 5:30 – 7:30 pm
- Venue: Sky Hall at Toyo University’s Hakusan Campus (Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan)
Social Work Day is celebrated since 1983 at the United Nations in New York and since 2012 in Geneva. World Social Work Day aims to highlight the achievements of social work, to raise the visibility of social services for the future of societies, and to defend social justice and human rights.
World Social Work Day at the UN was born from the initiative of the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW) and the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW), which have special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC). The Day has been celebrated since 2012 in Geneva by IASSW and IFSW with the collaboration of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland –Social Work, Geneva (HETS GE), since 2017 with the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), and since 2018 with the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland–Social Work, Fribourg.
The International Federation of Social Workers and the International Association of School of Social Work are pleased to announce that the 37th Annual Social Work Day at the United Nations is scheduled for Monday, March 23rd 2020, 10 am – Noon in the ECOSOC Chamber.
Please arrive to the UN before 8:45 a.m. as registration will close at 9:30 a.m.
Social Work Day at the UN is a gathering place for people around the world who are working to make a difference. For 36 years students, practitioners, and educators have been convening at the UN to learn more about the UN, innovative projects and issues related to International Social Work and the critical role Social Work plays in the international arena.
Student conference: Sunday, March 22nd 1 – 4 pm at Fordham University, Graduate School of Social Services
Watch our SW Day website for more information as we plan the day: www.monmouth.edu/swday
Registration for SW day: March 2nd 1:00 pm EST
Registration for the Student Conference: March 3rd 1:00 pm EST