December 2013
Message from the WPA President

Dear Colleagues and Friends from around the world:

During the last six months, our World Psychiatric Association Executive Committee has been very active with respect to the pursuing of our goals and objectives for the 2011-2014 triennium. Needless-to-say, we are very satisfied with the outcomes of our efforts in this regard.

Following a very successful WPA World Congress of Psychiatry held in Buenos Aires, Argentina on September 18-22, 2011, we proceeded to hold a WPA Regional Meeting in Kaohsiung, Taiwan on November 2-5, 2011. During this occasion, we focused our efforts on mentoring, educating, exchanging information and experiences, as well as in emulating the early career psychiatrists from Asia who attended this event. Needless-to-say, we not only provided information to them, but received information from them as well; obviously, we felt accomplished and pleased with this experience and exchange.

Likewise, our WPA Executive Committee joined forces with the WPA Member Society – Spanish Neuropsychiatric Association, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), the World Association of Social Psychiatry, the Latin American Psychiatric Association (APAL), WONCA, and the Maristan Network in holding a WPA Thematic Conference focusing on “Mental Health and Family Medicine Working Together”, held in Granada, Spain on February 8-11, 2012. This well organized scientific event permitted us to address and discuss key programmatic factors within the realm of primary care. A key positive factor in this event was that it permitted the WPA to solidify its relationship and close collaboration with all the organizations, societies, institutions, and professional groups insofar as the common goal of addressing access to care, quality of care and care directed to those who need it the most.

More recently, our WPA Executive Committee joined forces with the professional leadership of the “Jornadas Nacionales Socidrogalcohol” in conducting a WPA Thematic Conference in Tarragona, Spain on March 28-31, 2012. This formidable event was the “XXXIX Jornadas Nacionales” of Socidrogacohol. In this occasion, we jointly focused on the negative impact of alcohol and drugs in the communities where they prevailed. It also permitted us to exchange scientific information as to how to manage addictive behavior from a biopsychosocial point of view.

In analyzing our WPA involvement in these three scientific events held in different areas of the world, it makes us feel accomplished and full of energy and ideas to continue to pursue and achieve the goals of our WPA Action Plan for the period of 2011-2014.


Pedro Ruiz,

M.D. PresidentWorld Psychiatric Association (2011-2014)




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