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Committee Spotlight: UN Taskforce

Karen Hopenwasser, MD

These past months have been busy times for our ISSTD activity at the U.N. On April 29, 2019 we (Karen Hopenwasser, Ariel Lublin and Robert Schwab) participated in a day long activity, Interactive Multi-Stakeholder Hearing on Universal Health Coverage. We submitted a jointly written statement with the Committee on Mental Health on the necessity of universal, trauma-informed mental health care. Though we were not called upon to read our statement it was an opportunity to network and dialogue with others.

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Task Force Members Visit the United Nations

UN Task Force

As a result of the dedicated efforts of the ISSTD UN Task Force members, the ISSTD has achieved consultative status with the United Nations.  After many preparations and much anticipation, our first representative visited the United Nations New York City office in May! Lisa Danylchuk, who has worked on the task force for the past two years, was honored and excited to represent us on this visit and to begin to develop our consultative relationship with the UN.

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ISSTD Granted Special Consultative Status to the United Nations

Lynette Danylchuk, PhD

We are very excited to share with you the wonderful news that the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has granted ISSTD special Consultative Status.  Our acceptance letter states that consultative status enables us to actively engage with ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies, as well as with the United Nations Secretariat programs, funds and agencies in a number of ways, including consulting with Member States and the United Nations system at large.

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Task Force Update

At the UN Task Force conference call on Friday, May 20, 2016, Sonia Smuts hit ‘send’ on our UN ECOSCO (UN Economic and Social Council) application. We now have an ISSTD homepage on the UN website. Vivian Pender spent a great deal of time sharing with us how to use our time and energy at the UN. Vivian has been representing APA at the UN for 20 years and was awarded the ISSTD President’s Award of Distinction at the San Francisco annual conference for her work with this Task Force.

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