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).
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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.