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World Social Work Day 2024 theme of ‘Buen Vivir’ announced

Launching the poster for World Social Work Day 2024, the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) said the theme for the day would be ‘Buen Vivir’, part of the People’s Charter for a New Eco-Social World.

06/11/23

World Social Work Day 2024 theme of ‘Buen Vivir’ announced

The global theme for World Social Work Day 2024 has been announced as “Buen Vivir: Shared Future for Transformative Change”.

Buen Vivir is rooted in the Global Agenda and the People’s Charter for a New Eco-Social World and has been developed in partnership with the International Association of Schools of Social Work as well as the International Council on Social Welfare.

The #WSWD2024 theme emphasises the need for social workers to adopt innovative, community-led approaches that are grounded in indigenous wisdom and harmonious coexistence with nature. As we navigate the multifaceted challenges of today’s world, from violent conflicts to environmental crises, the principle of “Buen Vivir” guides social workers to prioritise true well-being, which is rooted in community and harmony with nature. As we approach World Social Work Day, this theme serves as a timely reminder of the transformative role social workers play in driving positive change and fostering communities that thrive on mutual respect and sustainability.

IFSW President Joachim Mumba urged social workers across the globe to “unite under the banner of Buen Vivir” and “work towards a shared future that celebrates transformative change, community-driven initiatives, and a harmonious relationship with nature.”

“Buen Vivir resonates deeply with the core values of social work. As we celebrate World Social Work Day, let’s embrace this principle and champion a future where communities and nature coexist in harmony a future where social workers will, together with local people co-design and co-build peaceful communities critical to our shared sustainable futures.”

Pascal Rudin, IFSW Acting CEO, added: “World Social Work Day is a reflection of our commitment to transformative change. This theme underscores our dedication to community-led initiatives and sustainable futures. It’s a call to action for every social worker.”

Member organisations are invited to translate the poster into their own languages. Last year, the poster was translated into 100+ languages highlighting global professional unity and common action.

The theme of Buen Vivir was part of The People’s Charter – a ‘living document’ arising from a United Nations and IFSW 2022 Global Summit that is still being amended and adapted to meet the needs of a changing society. The Charter summarises the key principles of the summit, including ways professionals can globally contribute to a world that is ecologically sustainable and socially just, comprising the five key values of Buen Vivir (love and care for people and the planet, responsibilities and holistic rights); respect, dignity, harmony and social justice; diversity, belonging, reciprocity and equity; Ubuntu (togetherness, accountability and community); and solidarity, equality, inclusion and collaboration.

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