World Social Work Day is on the 16th March 2021. It is the key day in the year that social workers worldwide stand together to advance our common message globally. This year, the 2021 World Social Day highlights Úbuntu: I am Because We Are. This is the first theme of the Global Agenda 2020 to 2030

Speech by Prof. Annamaria Campanini, President of IASSW

Prof. Campanini relates The World Social Work Day is the equation to feedback the global social work community, confirm each other, make the actions known and create alliances among social work teachers, researchers, students and professionals. Happy World Social Work Day!



Selon le Prof. Annamaria Campanini, la Journée mondiale du travail social est l’équation pour alimenter la communauté mondiale du travail social, se confirmer mutuellement, faire connaître nos actions et créer des alliances en tant qu’enseignants, chercheurs, étudiants et praticiens du travail social. Bonne Journée mondiale du travail social !


Prof. Annamaria Campanini relata El Día Mundial del Trabajo Social es la ecuación para retroalimentar a la comunidad mundial del trabajo social, confirmarnos mutuamente, dar a conocer nuestras acciones y crear alianzas como profesores, investigadores, estudiantes y profesionales del trabajo social. ¡Feliz Día Mundial del Trabajo Social!


FIRST THEME  2020-2022

Ubuntu: Strengthening Social Solidarity and Global Connectedness


Guided by ethical principles, social work and social development practitioners and educators have an essential role to connect people, communities and systems; to co-design and co-build sustainable communities and to promote inclusive social transformation.

Ubuntu as a principle for enhancing social solidarity and recognizing global connectedness is central to shared and sustainable futures that highlight responsibility between all peoples and the environment. It lays the foundation for the promotion of an inclusive process of developing new social agreements between governments and the populations they serve. The new social agreement to emerge is aimed at facilitating universal rights, opportunities, freedom and sustainable well-being for all people nationally, regionally and globally.

Ubuntu has been popularised across the world by Nelson Mandela and is generally interpreted as meaning ‘I am because we are’. A word, concept and philosophy that resonates with the social work and social development perspectives of the interconnectedness of all peoples and their environments. Ubuntu also highlights indigenous knowledge and wisdom and we invite all nations and populations to use an equivalent word or concept that speaks to your culture in promoting this theme: ‘Ubuntu: I am because we are’.

I Am Because We Are

Strengthening Social Solidarity & Global Connectedness

World Social Work Day

16th March 2021

WSWD poster is out!