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Social Work Day at the United Nations

Promoting Community and Environmental Sustainability

Social Work Day at the UN 2007 Photo Credit: Monmouth University

In September 2015, 193 world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development. If these Goals are completed, it would mean an end to extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Agenda is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. It also seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom.

The Agenda recognizes that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development. All countries and all stakeholders, acting in collaborative partnership, will implement this plan.

It resolves to free the human race from the tyranny of poverty and want and to heal and secure our planet. The agenda determined to take the bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets demonstrates the scale and ambition of this new universal Agenda. They seek to build on the Millennium Development Goals and complete what they did not achieve.

They seek to realize the human rights of all and to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. They are integrated and indivisible and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental. The Goals and targets will stimulate action over the next 15 years in areas of critical importance for humanity and the planet, and social workers plan to be an important part of this transformation.

The International Federation of Social Workers and the International Association of School of Social Work are pleased to announce the 34th Annual Social Work Day at the United Nations is scheduled for Monday, April 17, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Monmouth University School of Social Work will begin registration on March 20, 2017.

Social Work Day at the UN is a gathering place for people around the world who are working to make a difference. For 34 years students, practitioners, and educators have been convening at the UN to learn more about the United Nation, global goals, innovative projects and issues related to increasing outcomes for women, children and families around the world.

Written by Social Work Helper


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