International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW)

Conseil international de l'action sociale (CIAS)
Consejo Internacional de Bienestar Social

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1928, Paris (France), at 1st International Conference of Social Work, as Permanent Committee of the International Conferences of Social Work -- Comité permanent des conférences internationales du service social -- Ständiger Ausschuss der Internationalen Konferenz für Soziale Arbeit. Reorganized: 1946; 1966. Constitution amended: 4 Sep 1982, Brighton (UK); 1986, Tokyo (Japan); 2007, Utrecht (Netherlands).


Promote forms of social and economic development which aim to reduce poverty, hardship and vulnerability, especially amongst disadvantaged people; strive for recognition and protection and realization of fundamental rights to employment, income, food, shelter, education, health care and security; promote equality of opportunity, freedom of expression, freedom of association, participation and access to human services and oppose discrimination; promote policies and programmes which strike an appropriate balance between social and economic goals and which respect cultural diversity; strengthen civil society worldwide; seek implementation of objects by governments, international organizations and non-governmental agencies in cooperation with member organizations.

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Organizes: international and regional conferences and seminars; bilateral and trilateral workshops directly related to special needs of certain countries. Promotes projects concerned with innovative social measures; participates in studies and research dealing with development of effective new social policies; stimulates social action programmes at national, regional and worldwide levels. Provides: consultation, information and referral service on topics related to social development; assistance to member agencies on cooperation patterns, financing methods and organizational problems.


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Consultative Status

United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) (General); United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) (Consultative Status); Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) (Liaison Status); International Labour Organization (ILO) (Special List); Council of Europe (CE) (Participatory Status) through European region; United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF); United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) (General Category).

Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 9 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 10 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 88 countries
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Subjects *

  • Society
    • Society
    • Social
    • Disadvantaged
  • Social Activity
    • Welfare
  • Culture
    • Culture
  • Development
    • Development
  • Peace
    • Rights
    • Humanitarian
  • Harmony
    • Diversity

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on LandGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal



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