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SIOP Helps Celebrate the 6th Annual Psychology Day at the UN



Contributions from Psychology to the UN Agenda

Psychologists who represent NGOs (non-governmental organizations) at the United Nations will hold the 6th Annual Psychology Day at the United Nations on April 25, 2012.

About150 people are expected to attend, and Under Secretary- General of the United Nations, Jan Eliasson, will send official greetings to the session. SIOP members John Scott, Main Representative to the UN for SIOP, and Walter Reichman, Main Representative to the UN for IAAP, will serve as co-chairs of this event.

The theme of this year's conference is Psychology and Violence in the Global Context: Antecedents, Consequences, and Prevention.” The topic was chosen as global violence is an ongoing major focus of the United Nations and its extended community. Recent national and international tragedies have made this topic even more imperative. This multidisciplinary event will demonstrate to the global community how psychological science can be applied to understanding and preventing violence across the lifespan. The meeting will be held at the UN Church Center located at 777 UN Plaza on First Avenue and 44th Street, across the street from UN headquarters in New York City, from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Psychology Day at the United Nations is an annual event sponsored by psychology organizations, such as SIOP, that have NGO status with the UN Department of Public Information (DPI) and the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The event offers UN staff, ambassadors and diplomats, NGO representatives, members of the public and private sectors, students, invited experts, guests, media and other stakeholders, the opportunity to learn what psychologists contribute to the United Nations, to exchange ideas, and to establish partnerships on global issues.

Following a keynote address by Theresa Betancourt (Associate Professor of Child Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health), two panels will be conducted that will address the antecedents, consequences and prevention of violence through the lifespan – covering children and youth through the aging population. Each of the two panels will be comprised of two psychologists and one UN official.

For more information, visit: www.unpsychologyday.orgor contact the Planning Committee Co-Chairs John Scott (Jscott@aptmetrics.com) or Walter Reichman (Walterreichman@gmail.com).