World Psychiatric Association
The World Psychiatric Association is an international umbrella organisation of psychiatric societies.
Objectives and goals 
Originally created to produce world psychiatric congresses, it has evolved to hold regional meetings, to promote professional education and to set ethical, scientific and treatment standards for psychiatry.
Jean Delay was the first president of the organisation when it was started in 1950. Donald Ewen Cameron became the second president at the formal founding in 1961. Pedro Ruiz is president as of 2011.
|YEAR||WORLD CONGRESS||WPA PRESIDENT|
|1950||Paris||Jean Delay (France)|
|1957||Zurich||Jean Delay (France)|
|1961||Montreal||D. Ewen Cameron (Canada)|
|1966||Madrid||Juan J. López-Ibor (Spain)|
|1972||Mexico City||Howard Rome (USA)|
|1977||Hawaii||Pierre Pichot (France)|
|1983||Vienna||Costas Stefanis (Greece)|
|1989||Athens||Jorge A. Costa e Silva (Brazil)|
|1993||Rio de Janeiro||Felice Lieh-Mak (Hong Kong)|
|1996||Madrid||Norman Sartorius (Switzerland)|
|1999||Hamburg||Juan J. López-Ibor, Jr. (Spain)|
|2002||Yokohama||Ahmed Okasha (Egypt)|
|2005||Cairo||Juan E. Mezzich (USA)|
|2008||Prague||Mario Maj (Italy)|
The institutional members of the World Psychiatric Association are 135 national psychiatric societies representing more than 180,000 psychiatrists worldwide. The societies are clustered into 18 Zones and 5 Regions: the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the South Pacific. Representatives of the societies constitute the World Psychiatric Association General Assembly, the governing body of the organization. The association also has individual members and there are provisions for affiliation of other associations (e.g., those dealing with a particular topic in psychiatry).
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