The Society for the
Study of Social Issues


SPSSI and the United Nations

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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.


Areas of representation

Children Development    Spirituality and Values
Communities    The elderly Women


SPSSI United Nations and International Issues Committee

  Joseph De Meyer, PhD
  UN Rep. (ECOSOC)

  SPSSI NGO Representatives

David Frost, PhD
UN Representative

Miriam Vega Dabbah, PhD
UN Representative
DPI Representative

Joseph DeMeyer, PhD UN
SPSSI Main Representative

Corann Okorodudu, PhD UN Rep. (ECOSOC)

Yvonne Rafferty, PhD UN Rep (ECOSOC)

Rachel Ravich, PhD UN Rep (ECOSOC)

Maureen O'Connor, PhD
SPSSI Council Liaison to the United Nations and International Issues Committee

Astrid Stuckelberger, PhD UN Rep (ECOSOC) Geneva, Switzerland

  SPSSI NGO Expert Affiliates:

Toni Antonucci, PhD



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