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

Submit PosterPoster TranslationsVideo MessagesEvents

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

Georgian Association of Social Workers (GASW) World Social Work Day Message

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



24.03.18 Workshop on Social Work. at Kanye Village. Social Workers from different parts of the country will congregate and social workers and stakeholders will provide speeches and also clients will give testimony of our services as well as stalls showcasing the work social workers do.Botswana National Social Workers Association (BONASW)


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

Hong Kong

Part 1

To celebrate the WSWD 2018, the Hong Kong Social Workers Association had joined hand with totally 13 organizations including education institutes and professional bodies and held a series of event, including a long run campaign, dancing flash mob and sign language message conducted by social workers and service users. We wish to promote the participative or “working with” approach to the public


20.03.2018. IASW celebrations for #WSWD18 in Cork, Galway and Dublin.


Association of Social Workers of Kyrgyz Republic (ASWKR) and Social and Psychological Faculty of Bishkek Humanities University have arranged a meeting dedicated to the WSWD 2018. The meeting has been held at Bishkek Humanities University (BHU) with the participation of Bishkek city members of the ASWKR and teachers and students of the Faculty, and residents of some rehabilitation centers.
Pr Erik Orozaliyev, president of the ASWKR, had a speech about the IFSW and its role in global social work development particularly about the World Social Work Day annual celebrations.


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.

New  Zealand

HOPE WORLDWIDE PAKISTAN Team consist of Qualified Social Workers celebrated Social Work Day in Auckland New Zealand.

Hope Worldwide- Pakistan is a charitable organization working to promote fundamental Human rights of people those have faced persecution and discrimination. Every year HOPE celebrates International Social Work Day.


National President, Association of Medical Social Workers of Nigeria (AMSWON) and National Vice President, North East Zone, Nigeria Association of Social Workers (NASoW).


On March 13-14th 2018. Project commemorating the 75th anniversary of the liquidation of the Krakow ghetto was carried out. The focus of the joint work of the Institute of Sociology of the Jagiellonian, Universities students, high school students, teachers and other people interested in the subject, was a discussion about the social meanings of the Krakow ghetto and the area of the former KL Plaszow labor and concentration camp. The event was inscribed in the Irena Sendler Year celebrated in Poland. It was a part of the World Social Work Day.



2018 celebrations held in Kigali, Rwanda, alongside an International conference that focused on Social Work and Sustainable Development in Africa.



Spain. Galicia

23.03. 2018 Dia Mundia do Traballo Social en Santiago de Compostela.


20.03.2018. Conference on Social Work and Social Policy organized by the Central Association of Social Work

Presentation of the book “Social Worker´s Professional Identity” by  the Swedish Association of Social Workers

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