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The Global Agenda: Human Worth and Dignity - the UK Context

The Global Agenda reaffirms the commitment of social work to the universal pursuit of human rights. The four aims of the GA (social and economic equalities, dignity and worth of people, environmental sustainability and the importance of human relationships) accord with the ethical principles of social work. It is the task of social work education and practice to challenge oppression and inequality and promote a more equal society.

This paper was drafted as a result of discussion in the BASW International Committee and with colleagues from JUC (SWEC) and Social Work Health Inequalities Network to provide a context for work in the UK associated with The Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development.  The focus of the period 2014-2016 has been on the second pillar of the Global Agenda: 'Promoting the Dignity and Worth of Peoples'.  This paper examines what human dignity and worth means in a UK and global context.