The Joint World Conference on SWSD has been held every two years in different countries, and Korea (Republic of) is proud to host the next conference. As one of the most highly commended meetings in the field of Social Work, Education and Social Development, the 4th Joint World Conference on SWSD 2016 is expected to gather over 3,000 participants from all over the world. In the hopes of making this conference a great success, a wide range of scientific programs is being organized under the theme of “Promoting the Dignity and Worth of People,” which will focus on policy and practice issues. As you may know, Korea is the only country since the end of World War II that has success fully made the transition from a developing to developed country in such a short period of time. In this sense Korea is the ideal country to bridge the gap between developing and developed countries as it is able to transmit invaluable knowledge and skills accumulated through a wealth of experience in social work, education and social development.