The Society for the
Study of Social Issues


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 the Society require the approval of its governing body.


SPSSI UN/NGO Representatives

Areas of representation

Children Development    Spirituality and Values
Communities    The elderly Women




Research that produces nothing but books will not suffice.
                                                                                                                    - Kurt Lewin