what we do

ICSW and our members are active in a wide range of fields within the general areas of social development, social welfare and social justice. This includes issues such as food and nutrition, welfare and health services, social protection, education and housing, as well as many issues relating to economic development, human rights and community participation.

Information and Communications

ICSW gathers and distributes information to civil society organisations, governments and intergovernmental organisations. We deliver information through journals, reports, electronic newsletters and our website.

Policy Development and Advocacy

ICSW undertakes research and organises consultations to help analyse problems and develop policies. Each of our global biennial conferences covers a very wide range of issues. Other forums, seminars and workshops are convened on specific topics.

We prepare written policy submissions, lobby governments and organise delegations to attend key international meetings. We also work with other international organisations, especially by convening joint meetings and developing consistent policies.

How Do We Relate to the United Nations (UN/ONU)?

ICSW has the highest level of consultative status with the United Nations in relation to the work of the Economic and Social Council. It is also accredited to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and to regional intergovernmental organisations. ICSW requested temporary suspension from accreditation with World Health Organisation (WHO).

ICSW's high level of consultative status within the United Nations has also ensured that the organisation is consulted and involved in important social development issues being discussed by the United Nations.

What does ICSW do at the UN?