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World Social Work Day 2018: Social Work and Youth—Towards Inclusive Sustainable Development

Date: 20 - 21 Mar 2018

  • Time: 20 March: 09.30-16.15 / 21 March: 09.00-17.30
  • Location: Room XVI Palais des Nations, Geneva
  • Counterpart(s): School of Social Work, Geneva (HETS-GE) / School of Social Work, Fribourg (HETS-FR) / International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) / International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW)

  • This event is open to the public.

World Social Work Day 2018: Social Work and Youth—Towards Inclusive Sustainable Development
World Social Work Day has been celebrated around the globe since 1983. This year, the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) is again teaming up with the Geneva School of Social Work and its international partners to mark the Day at the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG).

World Social Work Day aims not just to showcase the achievements of social work and increase its visibility, but also to highlight its synergies with social development: shared commitments to social justice, inclusive development and human rights. This shared vision is set out in the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development which aims to promote social and economic equality, the dignity and worth of people, environmental and community sustainability, and the importance of human relationships.

Download the Poster for WSWD 2018.

Social Work and Youth. Towards Inclusive Sustainable Development

This year, the international theme of World Social Work Day is “Promoting Community and Environmental Sustainability” which the Geneva event will address under the banner of “Social Work and Youth. Towards Inclusive Sustainable Development”. This year’s celebration will be a 2-day event at which expert speakers will come together with participants in interactive workshops to debate how to leverage the values and tools of social work to enable young people to thrive and contribute to building equitable, inclusive and sustainable communities at the local, national and global levels.

See the Concept Note for more details.

Tuesday, 20 March: Expert Day 09.30-16.15

  • Keynote Speech
  • Expert Panel “Promoting Youth Inclusion for Sustainable and Resilient Communities”

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Wednesday, 21 March: Workshops and Round Table 09.00-17.30

Interactive Workshops
  • Youth and Marginalized Minorities
  • Youth and Extremisms
  • Group Work as a Method for Labour Market Integration: The Case of Albania
  • Mobilizing Youth for Transformative Change

Roundtable Discussion

Simultaneous interpretation (FR<>EN) will be available in the plenary sessions. The workshops may be in French or English.

The Full Programme will be added in due course.


You can now register here.
On the day of the event please bring valid ID to the Palais des Nations, Pregny Gate, located at 8 - 14 Avenue de la Paix, 1211 Geneva 10.

Some of the sessions may be available live on UNRISD Facebook or on UNRISD YouTube Channel after the event. Contact sergio.sandoval@un.org for more information.