As we approach World Social Work Day 2024, we are excited to unveil the theme: “Buen Vivir: Shared Future for Transformative Change”, which is rooted in the Global Agenda and has been developed in partnership with the International Association of Schools of Social Work as well as the International Council on Social Welfare.
The #WSWD2024 theme emphasises the need for social workers to adopt innovative, community-led approaches that are grounded in indigenous wisdom and harmonious coexistence with nature. As we navigate the multifaceted challenges of today’s world, from violent conflicts to environmental crises, the principle of “Buen Vivir” guides social workers to prioritise true well-being, which is rooted in community and harmony with nature. As we approach World Social Work Day, this theme serves as a timely reminder of the transformative role social workers play in driving positive change and fostering communities that thrive on mutual respect and sustainability.
Joachim Mumba, IFSW President, commented: Buen Vivir resonates deeply with the core values of social work. As we celebrate World Social Work Day, let’s embrace this principle and champion a future where communities and nature coexist in harmony a future where social workers will, together with local people co-design and co-build peaceful communities critical to our shared sustainable futures.”
Pascal Rudin, IFSW Acting CEO, added: “World Social Work Day is a reflection of our commitment to transformative change. This theme underscores our dedication to community-led initiatives and sustainable futures. It’s a call to action for every social worker.”
This World Social Work Day, let’s unite under the banner of “Buen Vivir” and work towards a shared future that celebrates transformative change, community-driven initiatives, and a harmonious relationship with nature.
You may download the #WSWD2024 poster here. We also invite member organisations to translate the poster into their own languages. Last year, the poster was translated into 100+ languages highlighting global professional unity and common action.
We hope that most organisations will be able to translate the poster into their own language and send it to us to publish it on the IFSW website. If this is not possible, please copy the text below, write your translation line by line underneath, and email it to .
Buen Vivir: Shared Future for Transformative Change
World Social Work Day
19 March 2024
IFSW would like to take this opportunity to thank Martha Rothblum for her exceptional design of the poster representing our theme ‘Buen Vivir’. Her artistic vision has truly encapsulated the essence of the theme.