Commission for Social Development - Virtual Event, February 9th, 2021

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Social inclusion through digital inclusion in the context of sustainable development: trends and challenges.

February 9: 10.00 -11.15 EST, online

The event seeks to explore the pre-requisites and core activities necessary to ensure that all individuals and communities, including the most disadvantaged, have access to and use of information and communication technologies (ICT) and are fully capable of improving the terms of their participation in society through wider opportunities and access to resources, including digital resources. The presenters will address the existing challenges, as well as good practices that contribute to shaping the most appropriate models of digitalization focused on social well-being and welfare promotion.

To join the event, attendees must register in advance by clicking on the following link:

After registration, attendees can join the event by clicking on the following link:

Access code: 631894

For full event details, download the event flyer here

UNICEF Webinar - Social Protection Response to COVID-19

"The coronavirus pandemic has triggered an unprecedented socioeconomic crisis, which threatens to roll back years of progress in reducing child poverty, leaving children deprived of essential services and families struggling financially. Without concerted action to expand social protection systems, families who are already barely getting by will likely be pushed into poverty, and the poorest families could face levels of deprivation that have not been seen for decades. UNICEF is strongly supporting governments and people in over 115 countries to deliver social protection and strengthen systems – and is committed to continuing and expanding this work during the COVID-19 response and recovery."

– Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director

UNICEF will be hosting a ZOOM webinar "How are social protection programs responding to the needs of vulnerable groups during COVID and what more can be done in the next two years?"

The webinar is scheduled for December 11, 2020 10:00 EST (US and Canada).

To register, please visit UNICEF webinar site.

Read UNICEF's report "Social Protection Response to COVID-19 - Strengthening social protection systems before, during and after crises", available for download in PDF format.

General Assembly Declaration - Covid 19 Pandemic: Combating visible and hidden dimensions of human distress

Proposed at the ICSW General Assembly in its first virtual meeting in 2nd year of the centennial decade of the ICSW and adopted with revisions thereafter by its Supervisory Advisory Board on 25 November 2020

The International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW) is one of the oldest international non- governmental organizations aimed at promoting social development, social justice and social welfare everywhere in the world. We, the members of the ICSW, are proud to be affiliated with this outstanding civil society organization that represents a great variety of stakeholders from around the world, an organization that is well-recognized and highly regarded nationally and internationally. Empowered by the objectives of ICSW enshrined its Constitution to “Promote forms of social and economic development which aim to reduce poverty, hardship and vulnerability, by striking an appropriate balance between social and economic goals and which respect cultural diversity by strengthening civil society throughout the world”, we stand together to achieve these goals at a time in the history where global cooperation and solidarity are of paramount importance more than ever before.

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Reflections from Solveig Askjem, ICSW President 2003-2008

Quazi Faruque Ahmed from Bangladesh was the acting president of International Council of Social Welfare in 2003.  He became unable to serve as president because of political control of him in his home country and he had to resign 2nd of September that year.

The story is: He was a clever lawyer and brought a lot of women’s cases to  court in order to support women’s rights. This was not accepted by the men in political power in Dhaka and they threatened him in different ways. The start was to cut his international contact lines such as email, his telephone line was cut off and at last, he ended up in prison for a while.

I was elected by the Executive Committee to take over as president of ICSW in September 2003. At that time I was the vice president of ICSW Global and European president of ICSW. I became elected global president by the GA in 2004.

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