IFSW has special consultive status with United Nations Economic and Social Council. We are also accredited to the International Labour Organization, UNICEF, the Council of Europe and the European Union.

Amnesty International

Headquartered in London, is an international organization working to support human rights globally, both in general and for individuals.


(The Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the UN) is an independent, international association of nongovernmental organizations that facilitates the participation of NGOs in UN debates and decisions.

Commonwealth Organisation for Social Work

The Commonwealth Organisation for Social Work (COSW) is an organisation for citizens of the Commonwealth who are interested in supporting social work and social development.
The objectives of COSW are to promote and support communication and collaboration between social workers and social work associations of Commonwealth countries and to uphold and promote the code of ethics of the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW)

Council of Europe

The Council of Europe with 47 member states is set up to defend human rights, parliamentary democracy and the rule of law, to develop continent-wide agreements to standardise social and legal practices, and to promote awareness of a European identity.


is a European Network of professional associations, faculties of social work and national councils of social welfare, including the International Federation of Social Workers’ European Region

European Union

headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, is a union focused on political, social and economic cooperation between its 27 European member states.


(International Association of Schools of Social Work) is an international community of schools and educators in social work, promoting quality education, training and research for the theory and practice of social work, administration of social services and formulation of social policies.


(International Council on Social Welfare) is an international non-governmental organization operating throughout the world for the cause of social welfare, social justice and social development, working actively with the UN. The Secretariat is located in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Public services international

PSI is the recognised global representative body for public service trade unions. It speaks for over 20 million workers.
UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs

The Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD) is part of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) of the United Nations Secretariat. The Division seeks to strengthen international cooperation for social development, particularly in the areas of poverty eradication, productive employment and decent work and the social inclusion of older persons, youth, family, persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples, persons in situations of conflict and other groups or persons marginalized from society and development.

International Year of the Youth

UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, NGO Section

The Department is the interface between global policies in the economic, social and environmental spheres and national action. The NGO section maintain links with the more than 3000 NGO’s affiliated to the UN.


(United Nations Children’s Fund) is giving assistance, particularly to the developing countries, in the development of permanent child health and welfare services.

United Nations

headquartered in New York City, is an international organization formed to to promote peace, security and cooperation.

World Health Organisation

WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends. In the 21st century, health is a shared responsibility, involving equitable access to essential care and collective defence against transnational threats.