SPSSI and the United Nations
SPSSI has been represented as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) at the United Nations since 1987 and has held consultative status with the UN's Economic and Social Council since 1991. While there are many domains of influence at the UN, three in which SPSSI team members participate are the Non-Governmental Organization Community, particularly the Council of Non-governmental Organizations (CONGO), and its subcommittees; UN Organs, for example the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), the UN Development Program (UNDP), and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF); and the Permanent Missions to the United Nations, generally in conjunction with preparing programs on current social issues, e.g. ageing, children’s rights, health, or social development. Statements and programs sponsored or endorsed by SPSSI require the approval of its governing body.
SPSSI regularly collaborates with other UN NGOs and is also a member of the Psychology Coalition at the United Nations (PCUN), for which SPSSI UN/NGO Committee member Dr. Corann Okorodudu served as Founding President.
Members of the Committee include: Dr. Joseph De Meyer, Dr. Corann Okorodudu, Dr. Peter Walker, Dr. Harold Cook, Dr. David Livert, Dr. Toni Antonucci, and Dr. Rachel Ravich (Chair).
The committee interns are: Lindsay Blevins, Sherry Cheng, Michelle Herrera, and Gina Roussos. Click here to learn more about our interns.
By now many SPSSI members will be aware of UN Sustainable Development Agenda entitled "Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development." The Psychology Coalition of NGOs Accredited at the United Nations, of which SPSSI is a member (and under the current leadership of President Florence Denmark), is conducting a survey among psychologists across various countries to determine the relevance of their work to the 17 Goals of the UN 2030 SDGs Agenda and to gauge psychologists' interest in sharing their work. Please click on the link above to complete the survey at your earliest convenience.
SPSSI Thanks Dr. Yvonne Rafferty for Her 12 Years of Service on the Committee
In February of 2017, the SPSSI UN/NGO Committee celebrated Dr. Yvonne Rafferty for her 12 years of service on the committee. Dr. Rafferty, a Professor of Psychology at Pace University in New York City, was particularly active with the Working Group on Girls (WGG), the NGO Committee on Child Rights, the Psychology Coalition, and the NGO Committee to Stop Trafficking in Persons. We wish Dr. Rafferty the very best in her next adventures!
Are you interested in speaking on a panel at a SPSSI-sponsored UN event, helping to develop working papers or statements in collaboration with the committee, or attending SPSSI-sponsored UN events that are open to the public? Click on the link above to tell us about yourself and indicate the ways in which you would be open to getting involved.
Would you like to bring psychological data and expertise, knowledge, understanding, and perspective to issues on the UN Agenda, including human rights, disaster relief, mental health and well-being, education, climate change, gender equality, migration, ageing, and the Sustainable Development Goals? Do you live within a 50 mile commuting radius to the UN Headquarters in New York City? If so, consider applying to join the SPSSI UN/NGO Committee as a volunteer member. Click on the link above to learn more.
Past Events and Statements
SPSSI Responds to the Executive Order on Immigration (February 2017)
Areas of Representation
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