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Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development Presented to United Nations Official


On Monday, March 26, 2012, Helen Clark, administrator of the United Nations Development Program, was presented with the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development by the presidents of the International Association of Schools of Social Work, the International Federation of Social Workers, and the International Council on Social Welfare. Hundreds of students, educators, diplomats, and practitioners were on hand to witness this landmark occasion.

The Global Agenda was developed by social workers, social work educators, and social development practitioners from around the world, whose various contributions were narrowed down to five commitments that champion social justice and the universal implementation of human rights.

The five commitments are

(1) promoting social and economic equalities;
(2) ensuring the dignity and worth of the person;
(3) promoting sustainable communities and environmentally sensitive development;
(4) promoting well-being through sustainable human relationships; and
(5) ensuring an appropriate environment for practice and education.

The full Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development is available for download.