The International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW), is the worldwide association of schools of social work, other tertiary level social work educational programmes, and social work educators. The IASSW currently comprises 509 member schools representing 79 countries, spanning seven regions around the globe. The IASSW promotes the development of social work education throughout the world, develops standards to enhance quality of social work education, encourages international exchange, provides forums for sharing social work research and scholarship, and promotes human rights and social development through policy and advocacy activities. IASSW holds consultative status with the United Nations and participates as an NGO in UN activities in Geneva, Vienna and New York. Through its work at the UN and with other international organizations, IASSW represents social work education at the international level.