Dear Colleagues and Friends,
We hope ‘WPA News’ March 2015 was quite informative and useful. We have delayed June 2015 issue by a few days to bring you the news from the WPA Regional Congress, Osaka June 4-6, 2015. It was a remarkable event, held in association with JSPN Congress, with 7,300 delegates from 36 countries participating. Hearty congratulations to the team led by JSPN President Masatoshi Takeda, Chairman T. Kishimoto and Tsuyoshi Akiyama. We also had the meeting of the WPA Executive Committee at Osaka on June 6th and 7th in which all the eight EC members were present.
Under the guidance of our dynamic President Prof Dinesh Bhugra WPA is engaged in the implementation of the new action plan for 2014-17 and we request your whole hearted co-operation and involvement. My third official visit to the WPA Secretariat at Geneva was from April 26 -29, 2015. Functioning of the Secretariat, working arrangements and administrative tasks were reviewed. On April 28th, we had a very fruitful meeting with the new Director General of Geneva University Hospital, Bertrand Levrat. The HOD of Psychiatry at HUG, Jean-Michel Aubry too was present. Our thanks are due to them for their support to WPA. Discussion with our lawyer was also held. Strategies about WPA News were discussed. Other activities included a visit to the WPA archives, WPA Library and our premises.
We are looking forward to WPA Congresses at Bucharest (June), Kochi (September) and Taipei (November) this year. Kindly do attend. And do visit our website www.wpanet.org
Roy Abraham Kallivayalil
Secretary General, World Psychiatric Association