World Social Work Day 2018




The 2018 World Social Day highlights ‘Promoting Community and Environmental Sustainability’. This is the second and final year of this theme of the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development.

World Social Work Day will be on the 20th March 2018. It is the key day in the year that social workers worldwide stand together to celebrate the achievements of the profession and take the theme message into their communities, workplaces and to their governments to raise awareness of the social work contributions and need for further action. #WSWD18

Interested in the history of World Social Work Day? Read more about it here!

All social work partners and members are welcome to co-brand the WSWD poster by adding their logo alongside the IFSW logo.

Download the 2018 WSWD poster in English

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Translating the poster in different languages

We also invite member organisations to translate the poster into their own languages. Last years poster was translated into 46 languages highlighting global professional unity and common action.

We hope that most organisations will be able to edit the poster for translation themselves, but if this is not possible, please copy the text below in bold, write your translation underneath, and email it to:

Promoting Community and Environmental Sustainability
World Social Work Day
20th March 2018

Thank you to all – it is a significant professional step forward that globally social workers promote Community and Environmental Sustainability! IFSW will post your translated poster on our website so that it can be shared across the world. (Please note that the IFSW relevant member organisation must approve the translation which may take a few days).

Download the 2018 WSWD poster in English

2018 World Social Work Day Video Message, Ruth Stark, IFSW President

2018 World Social Work Day Video with Rory Truell and Priska Fleischlin
In this video The International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) Secretary-General, Rory Truell is interviewed by Priska Fleischlin the IFSW Main Representative to the United Nations in Geneva. They discuss the history of World Social Work Day, Environmental and Community Sustainability, the role of social workers working with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a future model of social services.

2018 World Social Work Day Video Message, Noel Muridzo, IFSW President African Region

Silvana Martinez, IFSW President Latin America and the Caribbean

Kathy Wehrmann, IFSW President of the North American Region

Jan Christianson-Wood, Vice President IFSW North American Region

Mariko Kimura, President of IFSW Asia-Pacific Region

Ana Lima, IFSW President of the European Region

Grenada Association of  Professional Social Workers World Social Work Day Message 

The Aotearoa New Zeland Association of Social Workers


WSWD 2018 Greetings from Nagasaki International University

Link to World Social Work Day Video in Peru




20.03.2018 The Georgian Association of Social Workers celebrates #WSWD18 by peaceful walk and performance, where professionals introduce to the society the problems socially vulnerable people have in our country and what is the potential of social work to assist them to overcome these problems, who we are and what we can.

28.03.208 Conference. The Georgian Association of Social Workers will project filmed by their own professionals to increase visibility to the profession of social work



Social Work Association of Nepal  together with Nepal School of Social Work, Nepal College of Development Studies and Sagarmatha College of Higher Studies is marking #WSWD18 y with theme Promoting community and environmental Sustainability at Nishahaya Sewa Sadan (Old age setting). The aim of the program is to create senior citizen friendly environment and community.


United Kingdom

  • 20.03.2018.  London. A World Social Work Day event celebrating the achievements of social work in the United Kingdom, linking with other events across the globe. Speakers include: Lyn Romeo, Chief Social Worker for Adults Dr Ruth Allen, CEO, BASW Plus presentations and speeches by practitioners and service users – experts by experience.



Events on World Social Work Day 2018

IFSW is organising events on World Social Work Day as part of its representation work at the United Nation offices in Geneva and New York. More information about our work at the United Nations can be found on our Work at the United Nations Hub.

Please find below more information on these events, including on how to register:

World Social Work Day in Bangkok
WSWD 2018 Event in Geneva
Social Work Day at the UN in New York