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APA's Representatives to the UN Visit With APA Staff

The purpose of the meeting was twofold--to introduce APA staff to activities at the United Nations and to the strucxture within which the UN representative team works, and to introduce the APA NGO representatives to the many offices and resources available at APA.

By Merry Bullock, PhD

APA's NGO representatives to the United Nations came to the APA headquarters in May for a two-way, day-long orientation. The purpose of the meeting was twofold--to introduce APA staff to activities at the United Nations and to the strucxture within which the UN representative team works, and to introduce the APA NGO representatives to the many offices and resources available at APA.

The day began with a welcome and introduction to APA by CEO Norman Anderson, joined by Executive Office staff Ellen Garrison (policy), Nathalie Gilfoyle (legal counsel) and Merry Bullock (international). This was followed by an introduction to the UN by the UN representatives that was attended by APA staff from offices across the headquarters building. The UN representatives provided staff with a lively briefing of what the UN is all about, how it is structured, and how APA operates within that structure.

The rest of the full day was spent in short sessions with APA staff from many offices relevant to the UN work. Staff explained the purview of each office and the resources available to the UN representatives. The goals of APA's activities at the UN are to bring psychology and psychological expertise to global social issues, and to bring news of UN issues and activities to APA and to APA members. The APA UN Representatives attending the orientation meeting were Florence Denmark (Main Representative), Deanna Chitayat, Sherri Dingman, Susan Nolan and Janet Sigal (Representatives) and Neal Rubin (Associate Representative). For further details about APA's UN representation, please see APA at the United Nations