On April 29th 2011 the EHPS was formally associated with the United Nations – the Division of Public Information/ NGO section of the UN in New York. This solidifies EHPS’ association with the UN and its principles, goals and activities.
In April 2015 the EHPS was granted special consultative status
in the Economic and Social Council at the UN (ECOSOC). In this role, EHPS can “consult with Member States and the United Nations system at large, based on the nature and scope of work that your organization undertakes. Consultative relationship with NGOs also enables the Council or one of its bodies to seek expert information or advice from organizations with special competence in a subject matter”.
EHPS members are now actively attending UN/NGO meetings and discussions at the DPI and ECOSOC and connecting with other professional psychological societies who are associated with the United Nations (such as: American Psychological Association (APA), the International Association for Applied Psychology (IAAP), the International Council of Psychologists (ICP), the International Union of Psychological Sciences (IUPsyS), the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) and others. These psychology organizations have formed the Psychology Coalition
at the UN.
Five EHPS members are appointed as representatives to the UN: Nihal Mohamed (Chair), Irina Todorova, Lisa Wu and Jessica Lake (as youth representative). Most of the representatives are currently working in New York City, and attend monthly briefings, conferences, meetings with UN officials, and other activities at UN headquarters. An EHPS committee was established to coordinate EHPS activities related to UN association, whose members are: Adriana Banozic, Angelos Kassianos, Alden Lai, Marta Marques, Nihal Mohamed, Efrat Neter, Golan Shahar, Suzanne Skevington, Irina Todorova and Lisa Wu. EHPS members who would like contribute to the EHPS connections with the UN, please contact Nihal Mohamed: firstname.lastname@example.org
EHPS UN representatives Nihal Mohamed, Lisa Wu and Irina Todorova attended the Eighth Psychology Day
at the United Nations on the topic of: Reducing Health Inequalities Within and Among Countries: Psychology’s Contributions to the United Nation’s Post-2015 Global Agenda.
Lisa Wu and Nihal Mohamed attended the 65th Annual UN-NGO Conference in 2015. The Conference theme was Paving the way for mental health and wellbeing: A New United Nations Sustainable Development Goal. See her report from the 65th UN-NGO Conference below.
The EHPS UN Committee organized a Round Table at the 26th Conference of the EHPS in Prague, 2012, on the topic of EHPS association with the United Nations: How can health psychology influence global health policies?
EHPS UN delegates attended the 64th UN – NGO Annual Conference 2011. In 2011 the Conference was on the theme of “Sustainable Societies, Responsive Citizens”. It took place from September 3rd- 5th 2011 in Bonn, Germany. The conference gives EHPS the unique opportunity to contribute to international discussions and UN policies, to connect with delegates from other organization associated with the UN, including associated psychological professional organizations. We received several applications and the EC delegated Golan Shahar and Alden Lai as delegates. See below for their reports.
EHPS UN representatives attended the Orientation for newly associated organizations at the United Nations (June 1 & 2, 2011).