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The Development of Skills Internationally: A Question of Qualifications SIOP Representatives to the United Nations: Alexander Gloss, North Carolina State University English Sall, North Carolina State University John C. Scott, APTMetrics Deborah E. Rupp, Purdue University Lise Saari, New York University Lori Foster Thompson, North Carolina State University Mathian Osicki, IBM Drew Mallory, Purdue University Introduction and Overview of Current Activities Members of SIOP’s team of representatives to the United Nations (UN) recently partic- ipated in a meeting of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organi- zation (UNESCO) in Paris. According to their website, UNESCO is known as the “educa- tional” agency of the UN. Among its many priorities, UNESCO attempts to improve and mobilize support for education, build intercultural understanding between na- tions, support global scientific cooperation, and protect freedom of expression (UNE- SCO, n.d.). UNESCO also has an important role in supporting work on an issue that is both near and dear to industrial and orga- nizational (I-O) psychology and critical for continued social and economic develop- ment around the world, namely, the facili- tation of learning and skills development. the creation of high-quality solutions that help the UN address major humanitarian and development challenges. One of the most important issues in international de- velopment is skills development. Indeed, the development of skills is both the engine of individual capabilities and of broader socioeconomic development (UNDP, 2014). Moreover, arguably there are few issues at the UN that I-O psychology is more knowl- edgable about or is better positioned to make meaningful contributions to ongoing global discussions on the issue. From ex- pert approaches to the conceptualization and measurement of work-related individ- ual differences and the determination of worker-related job requirements, to a deep understanding of the most effective meth- ods of training, career development, and teamwork, I-O psychologists engage with the issue of skills development in a number of unique and effective ways. The UNESCO meeting was important to our team because we have as one our goals The UNESCO meeting mentioned above was specifically focused on the issue of The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist 183