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Psychology Day at the United Nations


marca[1].jpg - 389 bytes Introduction: Bringing a "Psychology Day" to the United Nations

Psychologists have been representatives from various organizations to the United Nations for many years. However, it was not until 2007 that these psychologists met as a group and decided to highlight psychology in the United Nations context by having an annual Psychology Day. This day was intended to provide an opportunity for psychology to share with UN Permanent Missions, UN agencies, NGOs, and the private and public sector about the activities of psychologists at the UN and the role of psychology in addressing concerns of global importance. Psychology Day would also introduce psychologists and psychology students to psychology’s UN activities and issues.                                                    

The first ever Psychology Day was held at the United Nations at October 10th and 11th in 2007. Two other Psychology Days’ were held, in 2008 and 2009, with current planning going on for a 4th Psychology Day in 2011.  Attendees at Psychology Day included psychologists from many NGOs at the United Nations, spearheaded by the American Psychological Association (APA).and including UN accredited NGOs that have a specific focus on psychology, like the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP), International Council of Psychologists (ICP), International Union of Psychological Sciences (IUPsyS), and Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI), as well as other NGOs that have Psychologists membership such as Zonta International, the World Federation of Mental Health, and the World Council of Psychotherapy. Invited speakers also take part in this annual event.

These conferences provide a valuable exchange of ideas among psychologists, diplomats and students, and foster relationships that will continue following the conference. Above all the conference illustrates the emerging and important role of psychology in humanitarian and international affairs.  Pictured at the 3rd Psychology Day are from left to right: keynote speaker Harvey Langholtz, Ph.D., and IAAP UN Team Members Wismick Jean-Charles, Peter Walker, Ph.D., Florence Denmark, Ph.D. and Judy Kuriansky, Ph.D.


marca[1].jpg - 389 bytes Programs for "Psychology Day" at the United Nations


- First Annual Psychology Day, 11 October 2007, Panels: Role of Psychology and Psychologists at the United Nations; Peace and Conflict Resolution; and Human Rights and the World of Work.

- Second Annual Psychology Day, 19 November 2008, Theme: Psychology and Social Justice Related to the UN Global Agenda

- Third Annual Psychology Day, 4 February, 2009, Theme: Psychology and Diplomacy: Negotiating For Peace and Human Rights

- Fourth Annual Psychology Day, 14 April, 2011, Theme: Reach Them, Teach Them: The Role of Psychology in Achieving Universal Access to Education


IAAP Affiliated Site

- IAAP is an associate member of the International Council of Social Science (ISSC), that is, under the umbrella of UNESCO

- IAAP is a member of the International Directory of Professional Associations (IDPA).

- Psychology for Global Health: Psychological Perspectives on Enhancing Global Health and Well-being


United Nations Sites

-IAAP is a non-govermental organization (NGO) accredited to the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) and to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

- Welcome to the United Nations: It’s Your World

- International Year of Youth


Significant United Nations Documents
- Earth Summit: Agenda 21

- Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, 2002

- Millennium Development Goals