APA Activities at the UN
NGOs DPI (Department of Public Information) briefing titled "Global Violence: Psychological Perspective, Prevention, Intervention, and Future Trends" was held on June 12, 2014 at the United Nations headquarters. Moderated by Juneau Gary, PhD, the panel featured Janet Sigal, PhD, Emily Dow and Neal Rubin, PhD, of the APA team at the United Nations. A full audio recording of the briefing is available.
- Juneau Gary, a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), presented a comprehensive introduction to violence as it affects vulnerable people (PDF, 130KB).
- Walter Reichman, a member of the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP), described the highlights of the 6th Psychology Day at the U.N. (2013) which focused on the antecedents, consequences and prevention strategies of violence throughout the lifespan (PDF, 129KB).
- Emily Dow, a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), examined some "aggressive" parenting practices and connects them to negative and positive consequences regarding child development (PDF, 317KB).
- Janet Sigal, a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), discussed the impact of honor killings as they relate to human rights and gender equity. She concluded with offering interdisciplinary, culturally sensitive interventions (PDF, 211KB).
- Neal Rubin, a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), connected climate change to violence with its impact on the human rights of vulnerable people. (PDF, 173KB).
- Pete Walker, a member of International Council of Psychologists (ICP), focused our attention on future trends to involve psychologists in interdisciplinary solutions to global violence (PDF,117KB).
- Juneau Gary and Neal Rubin offered closing remarks that focused attention on how to move forward from a culture of violence to non-violence (PDF, 130KB).
- A resource list (PDF, 110KB) provides valuable information on mitigating and preventing violence from psychological and U.N. perspectives.
- The 7th Annual Psychology Day was held on April 24, 2014. This event's panel focused on how psychologists can contribute to the U.N. Global Agenda post-2015.
- The APA interns and projects assistant will present a symposium at the meetings of the Eastern Psychological Association (EPA) titled: "Psychology and the United Nations' Agenda on Human Rights."
APA U.N.-NGO representatives participated in the organization and implementation of parallel events during the 52nd Commission on Social Development meetings. They included:
- Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Through Education and Social Integration: A Focus on Boys
- Global Perspectives on Family Well-Being: Work-Family and Intergenerational Issues Reconsidered
- Older People and Families Count: Looking at Empowerment, Decent Work and Poverty Eradication
- The Family as a Social Driver for Development
In collaboration with the Permanent Mission of El Salvador, APA participated in a parallel event "The Role of Art and Education in the Reduction of Conflict and the Building of Community." The ambassador from El Salvador, Carlos Enrique Garcia Gonzalez, was one of the three speakers.
- In collaboration with Axios (a Mexican NGO), APA successfully submitted a proposal for a parallel event at the 58th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (to be held March 10-21, 2014): "Sexualization of Girls."
- In response to a request to NGOs, APA submitted a proposal for a DPI Briefing on Global Violence. This was accepted for presentation in May 2014.
- APA U.N. Interns Cora Hui and Alla Prokhovnik made presentations during an NGO Committee on the Family in January, "The End of Sex." Their presentations addressed current sexual patterns in their countries of origin.
2013 United Nations Annual Report (PDF, 558KB)