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The 10th ASEAN Social Work Consortium Conference (ASWC) and commemoration of the 10th anniversary of ASWC

22/09/2021

On September 21st, in Hanoi, as the role of the chairmanship of ASEAN Social Work Consortium (ASWC) in the period 2020-2021, the Ministry of Labour – Invalids and Social Affairs held the 10th ASEAN Social Work Consortium Online Conference (ASWC) with the theme: “Social workers at the heart of the COVID-19 recovery” and commemoration of the 10th anniversary of ASWC.

Attending the Online Conference were Deputy Minister Nguyen Van Hoi, Mr. Kung Phoak, Deputy Secretary-General ASEAN for ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) and the officials, professional responsible focal points from the cooperating agencies, ASEAN’s Secretariat, United Nations’ Organizations (UNICEF, UN WOMEN, UNFPA, UNESCAP,..) international organizations and the other partners of ASEAN. Vietnam Delegation were representatives from the ministries, sectors, relating associations, social work faculties from the universities, academies, hospitals and the press agencies…
Addressing the Conference, Deputy Minister Nguyen Van Hoi highly appreciated the ASWC's efforts to contribute to promoting the social work profession and social security in the region. "Social work plays an important role in supporting the recovery of life for people affected by COVID-19, especially disadvantaged groups," emphasized the Deputy Minister.
Deputy Minister Nguyen Van Hoi emphasized that, for recently, as the role of Chairmanship of the ASWC in the period of 2020-2021, Vietnam continues to closely coordinate with ASEAN member countries, the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund – UNICEF and related partners promote the development and completion of the Roadmap for the implementation of the Hanoi Declaration on Promoting Social Work towards a Cohesive and Proactive ASEAN Community for submission to the 38th ASEAN Summit will be held in October. With 7 priority areas to realize 11 commitments of ASEAN Leaders mentioned in the Hanoi Declaration. The Deputy Minister believes that the Roadmap for the implementation of the Declaration, expected to be approved by the 10th ASWC will help further strengthen the role of social work in the ASEAN Community, contribute to improving the capacity of social workers, and enhance the quality of social services for the most vulnerable groups. The Deputy Minister also suggested that relevant specialized agencies closely coordinate and promote the implementation of this Roadmap in relevant work plans at both regional and national levels.
The ASWC conference has been held on September 21 and 22 with the theme "Social workers at the heart of the COVID-19 recovery". The Conference is an opportunity for delegates, representatives of ASEAN's specialized agencies and partners to share and exchange views on the role of the social work sector in prevention and recovery after the impact of COVID-19, with a focus on health care and social welfare. Discussions at the Conference will be the basis for promoting a system of social work and professional social services in ASEAN member countries in the coming time.
In addition, the Conference focused on the sharing of international speakers/experts analyzing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people's mental health and especially focusing on the role of social workers in mitigating the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis along with accessing the mental health care and psychosocial services needed. The Conference also identified the key challenges which social workers have to face in supporting the delivery of mental health care and psychosocial services needed.
Through the Conference, the delegates will consider and approve the Roadmap for the implementation of the Hanoi Declaration on Promoting Social Work towards a Cohesive and Proactive ASEAN Community to submit to the ASEAN Summit in order to record and complete the Work Plan for the period 2021-2025 and the operation orientations of the ASWC in the forthcoming time.
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