World Congress of Social Work

Elizabeth Clark, PhD, ACSW, MPH
NASW Executive Director

The World Congress of Social Work, which was held in Hong Kong, has concluded. The three sponsoring organizations — the International Federation of Social Workers, (IFSW),  International Association of School Social Workers (IASSW) and International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW) — are now meeting individually. NASW-USA is a member of the IFSW.

The World Congress started the collective process for setting a common global agenda to unite all those in social work and social development. The four major themes of the agenda will be:

  • Social and economic inequalities
  • Dignity and worth of the individual
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Importance of human relationships across the lifespan

There will be continuing discussion and strategy development. The next major action point will occur during World Social Work Day on Match 15, 2011.

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