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News Fom the SIOP-United Nations Team SIOP Representatives to the United Nations: Drew Mallory, Purdue 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 Alexander Gloss, North Carolina State University The seventh annual Psychology Day at the United Nations convened on April 24, 2014 at the UN Headquarters in New York. Under the banner Psychology’s Contributions to Sustainable Develop- ment: Challenges and Solutions for the Global Agenda, the conference marked an annual tradition between the United Nations and psychologists from around the world in showcasing the benefits psychology brings toward addressing contemporary issues. This year’s theme focused on the three pillars of sustainable development— social, economic, and environmental— which together reflect the “people- centered” agenda of the UN. Cochair and SIOP Fellow Lori Foster Thompson set the tone for the conference with opening remarks that highlighted the unique role that psychology, including I-O, can play in shaping international pub- lic policy and social change. Foster Thomp- son claimed that, “It is through people and an understanding of people that we can eradicate poverty, transform our societies 206 and economies, and form a global partner- ship where psychology is at the very cen- ter of a people-centered agenda.” Through a series of speeches and panel discussions, the event explored how psy- chology already is assisting in achieving this aim and how psychologists can help to further the process. Representing Psychology Day’s 2014 co- sponsor (the Mission of El Salvador to the United Nations), H. E. Ambassador Reuben Hasbun 1 spoke candidly on the gulf between psychology research and its integration into international policy and practice. Despite growing contribu- tions to world issues, he acknowledged: “The issue of psychology may not be an obvious topic of discussion for diplo- mats.” Like all political organizations, most UN-led initiatives, Ambassador Hasbun admitted, are driven by con- stituency groups. Without such a lobby- ing group championing its cause, psy- chology has been absent from most UN internal discussions, resulting in a pe- ripheral perception of psychology as July 2014 Volume 52 Issue 1