Thank you to the speakers, organizers, and attendees of the 10th Annual Psychology Day held on Thursday, April 20th. The webcast of the conference is now available online at UN Web TV


We thank you for your participation and hope to see you next year!

at the United Nations

Conference Title, Theme, and Panels

Promoting Well-being in the 21st Century:
Psychological Contributions for Social, Economic,

and Environmental Challenges

DATE: Thursday, 20 April 2017
TIME: 3:00pm - 6:00pm
PLACE: Conference Room 4
United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY



In 2015, the United Nations established the goal of securing mental health and well-being as a key global priority, integrating it into the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This program will consider ways theory, research, and practice in the Psychology of Wellbeing can increase the welfare of individuals globally to facilitate achievement of the SDGs, and address the challenges of contemporary social, economic, and environmental systems. In response to the Social threat of violence, the speaker will discuss psychological strategies to develop and strengthen peace and social harmony at the local and international level. In response to the Economic threat of dominance by an ascendant class, the speaker will discuss research on ways to increase and protect well-being for diverse and underserved groups. In response to the Environmental threat of climate change, the speaker will cover strategies for active coping with the consequences of environmental instability and for supporting adherence to the principles of the Paris Accord.


Speakers will include:

  • Minu Hemmati, PhD, Psychologist and Senior Associate, MSP Institute eV.
  • Ann Masten, PhD, Psychologist and Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Development at the Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota
  • Doug Oman, PhD, Psychologist and Associate Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health, University of California at Berkeley
  • Gustavo Gonzalez-Canali, MD, Senior Advisor and Focal Point for NCDs, UN Women

Psychology Day at the United Nations is a celebration of psychology in the context of the United Nations. It provides an opportunity for psychology to share with U.N. Permanent Missions, U.N. agencies, NGOs and the private sector the activities of psychologists at the U.N. and the role of psychology in addressing concerns of global importance. Psychology Day also introduces psychologists and psychology students to psychology's current and potential involvement in U.N. activities and issues.

The 10th Annual Psychology Day at the UN will be live webcast on the UN Web TV and a recording will be made available after the event takes place. To view the event live, go to and click on the event under the "LIVE NOW" option.

Psychology Day 2017 Flyer
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Psychology Day 2017 Press Release
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Psychology Day 2017 Program
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Accommodations for individuals with accessibility needs are as follows: Visitor's approaching the UN gate should plan to stop on the left side of the steps. Volunteers will be stationed there to greet visitors. The volunteers will provide a visitor's pass that is necessary to gain entry to the UN grounds. Visitor's may then proceed to the security gate by using the stairs or a ramp that is located to the right of the stairs leading to the grounds. Once past the gate, there are no steps on the way to an elevator. Volunteers will be stationed along the way to the conference room and will show you to the lower floor where the conference room is located. Once in the conference room, volunteers will make certain that anyone with disabilities will be seated on the ground floor of the conference room. If you will be requiring special seating, please let the volunteers know.