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International Collaboration Through Education, Science, and Culture


by SIOP Administrative Office

SIOP Fellow Elected to Americans for UNESCO Board

Fresh from the glow as an organizer of a successful UN Psychology Day, SIOP Fellow Lori Foster Thompson, of North Carolina State University, was recently elected to the Americans for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) board!

The position carries a 2-year term with Americans for UNESCO, under the umbrella of the U.S. Dept. of State, with very high visibility that will be sure to further facilitate SIOP’s and I-O’s emerging roles on the global stage.

UNESCO is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN). Its purpose is to contribute to peace and security by promoting international collaboration through education, science, and culture in order to further universal respect for justice, the rule of law, and human rights along with fundamental freedom proclaimed in the UN Charter. It is the heir of the League of Nations' International Commission on Intellectual Cooperation.

Americans for UNESCO aims at supporting and enhancing U.S. participation with UNESCO, in collaboration with the U.S. National Commission; the Department of State; the UN Association; the UN Foundation; concerned government agencies, research institutes, universities, and NGOs; and UNESCO itself. Regarding UNESCO and its programs, AU aims to increase public knowledge in America, foster civil-sector support, promote institutional and individual interaction, facilitate collaborative interaction, and organize interactive meetings where appropriate.

Americans for the Universality of UNESCO was formed in 1984, the date of the U.S. withdrawal from UNESCO, under the leadership of John E. Fobes, former Deputy Director General of UNESCO under Rene Maheu and Amadou Mahtar M'bow. Its purpose was to foster sound US private relations with UNESCO and to stimulate U.S. reentry into the global cultural organization. When the U.S. announced reentry in September 2002, AUU moved to Washington. Leadership passed to the present chairman and AUU's name was changed to reflect the fact of reentry.