Rising to the Global Challenge: IASSW, ICSW and IFSW Join Hands to Build an Agenda for the Next Decade

The International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW), the International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW), and the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) share a common heritage. We all see growing social problems and human injustices worldwide. We know we must work together to ensure that the voice of social development and social work is heard in this crisis. Our conferences provide a focus for our campaigns. We have decided to hold joint biennial conferences and the first will be in Hong Kong from 10th to 14th June 2010. The title of the conference is: ‘2010 Joint World Conference on Social Work and Social Development: the Agenda’. We plan to orchestrate a global consultation process involving social workers and social development advocates at all levels and from all countries, to identify key issues for our cause, to develop our agenda, to enhance social protection, and to set our priorities for the second decade of the 21st century as we face up to the social crises of the 21st century.

We plan to orchestrate a global consultation process involving social workers and social development advocates at all levels and from all countries, to identify key issues for our cause, to develop our agenda, to enhance social protection, and to set our priorities for the second decade of the 21st century as we face up to the social crises of the 21st century.

Global co-operation

IASSW, ICSW and IFSW decided to work more closely together some years ago. This collaboration has been enhanced as we plan this first joint conference.  During 2008, leaders of the three organisations met in London, Tours, Durban and Salvador to develop plans for global consultations in preparation for the Hong Kong conference.  We aim to make the Hong Kong process truly global.  Every country and region will be actively engaged in the global dialogue and priority shaping process.

After the Hong Kong conference, and taking account of the conference outcomes, our three organizations will make decisions which will shape our future individual and shared priorities.  This has never happened before and is a truly unique and exciting process.  However it will only work if local and national organizations seize the opportunity to participate and make it work.    Watch out for information on our web sites and start your thinking now.

With our Hong Kong colleagues, we cordially invite you to join the journey, building a new action agenda, a new direction and shared priorities for social work and social development; the key words are ‘empower’, ‘renew’, ‘synergy’.  Join us in Hong Kong in 2010 and influence the world in which you live and work!





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