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Ireland next venue for Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development

  • 07 Jul 2016

The Irish Association of Social Workers and partners have been successful in securing Ireland as the next venue for the joint global Social Work, Education and Social Development conference from 4-7 July 2018.

The International Federation of Social Workers, the International Schools of Social Work and the International Council on Social Welfare signed the contract for this conference last week during the 2016 joint global conference held in Seoul, South Korea. 

The local organising committee here comprises members of the IASW, the Schools of Social work in UCD, TCD, UCC and NUIG and the European Anti-Poverty Network Dublin office.

The conference theme is: Environmental and Community Sustainability:  Human Solutions in Evolving Societies.

This exciting, unique and important event will bring together upwards of 2500 social work practitioners, educators and policy workers from across the world.  It is our intention to also invite user groups and community groups to participate in the conference programme. 

In shaping the structure of the conference programme, the local organising committee will focus on the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals 2015-2030.  Ban Ki Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, in his address to the 2016 Global Conference in Seoul last week, spoke about the importance of these goals in helping to ensure ‘that no one is left behind’.  For me, the core of social work is about helping to ensure that those who are vulnerable are supported in their journey so that they are not left behind. 

Topics will include poverty and quality of life, social justice, rights and equality, community development, climate change and sustainable environments.  We plan to have a programme where all those attending the conference can engage in meaningful dialogue about practice, education and policy relating to these issues and can leave a rich legacy.

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John Brennan, Chair, 2018 Local Organising Committee                06.07.2016