The World Social Work Day celebrated in Bangkok

The World Social Work Day 2019 for the Asia and Pacific was celebrated at the United Nations Convention Centre on 4th April 2019. The event was organized by the Department of Social Development and Welfare, Government of the Kingdom of Thailand in collaboration with the National Council on Social Welfare of Thailand (NCSWT), member of ICSW. Prof. P.K.Shajahan, Vice President ICSW was invited by the Government of Thailand upon suggestion by the ICSW SEAP president Mr. Chinchai Cheecheroen. The event was attended by social workers, social work educators and social work students from the Asia and the Pacific and officials from the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security and Department of Social Development and Welfare, Government of Kingdom of Thailand.

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Social Work Day at the UN

The 36th Social Work Day at the UN was celebrated on 1 April 2019 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Organized by International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW), International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW) and International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW), it was attended by several hundred students, social workers and social development practitioners. Its topic was chosen to highlight importance of human relationships--the priority theme of the Global Agenda for Social Policy and Social Development, adopted by the IASSW, ICSW and IFSW, with special emphasis on policies and programs to protect children.

The speakers represented three main groups of stakeholders working on issues of child welfare at the UN: member states of the United Nations, UN secretariat and specialized agencies of the UN, and civil society organizations.

The program of the event is attached.

The panel discussion was recorded by the UN TV and is available here.

Global Social Welfare Digital Summit 2019

ICSW in cooperation with SWHELPER has co-sponsored Global Social Welfare Digital Summit 2019 that took place from 19th to 21st March 2019. The purpose of the conference was to use an interdisciplinary approach for helping professionals in the field of social work and social development to provide news, information, and resources critical to global knowledge sharing and using virtual format.

The four-day conference focused on the following topics: Activism and Advocacy, Trauma Informed Care, Self-Care and Healing. Dr. Sanjay Bhatt, the ICSW President for South Asia and Professor at the Delhi School of Social Work, University of Delhi made a presentation at the conference.

Attendees could view sessions live or watch them on demand via one year access to all presentations.

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Social Protection and Social Development Geneva February 2019

Geneva once again stood out as a global community hub for rights-based humanitarian and social development throughout February 2019.

Events related to Social Protection scheduled early in February 2019 included the annual Social Protection Inter-agency Cooperation Board (SPIAC-B) meeting that takes place alternatively in Geneva and New York. The meeting of the Board was associated with a series of other meetings, of SPIAC-B committees and working groups, as well as with OECD’s High Level Conference - Together to achieve Universal Social Protection by 2030 to promote the Global Partnership for Universal Social Protection (USP2030) the 3-day International Conference on Universal Child Grants driven by UNICEF and the Overseas Development Institute in partnership with the ILO.

Dr Odile Frank, Special Representative of ICSW at the UN Office in Geneva and the Specialized Agencies in Geneva reported on some key details of the above activities in Geneva.

Read the full report here. (PDF 65Kb)