Friday, 10 July 2015

Global agenda for social workers

"The UK Column has learned that over three thousand Social Work Practitioners, Educators and Development Workers met in Hong Kong in June 2010 and decided to launch a global movement to address the major challenges of global societies. The delegates agreed that three international organisations should speak out clearly from their experience of issues relevant to the larger community. The delegates reaffirmed the need to organise around major and relevant social issues that connect within and accross their professions."

"Based on the decisions reached at the Hong Kong conference, the leadership of the three international organisations (International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW), International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW) and the international Council on Social Welfare (ICSW)) representing the entire spectre of Social Work Practice, Social Work Education and Social Development Work globally, agreed on a set of objectives that meet THEIR joint aspirations for social justice and social development..."

"In this document they tell us quite clearly that their role is to promote, with other agencies, the United Nations Agenda 21 programme. For example, they state that they
'...commit to support, influence and promote global initiatives aimed at achieving social and economic equality. We will accomplish this by using and strengthening our established relationships with the UN system and other international agencies. We will support the Millennium Development Goals. Our major focus is to prepare for the post-2015 development goals, which includes, for example, the social protection floor initiative, decent work and international labour standards, the WHO initiative on the social determinants of health; education for all'. "

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