Declarations & Statements

IACAPAP’s mission is to advocate for the promotion of the mental health and develop of children and adolescents through policy, practice and research. One of the ways in which this mission is fulfilled is through the publication of declarations and statements to support the development of child and adolescent mental health. These declarations and statements are advocacy documents and they are widely disseminated to policy makers, and child and adolescent mental health professionals, ministries of education, health and youth.

1992 Declaration of Budapest:
Assuring the Mental Health of Children
1996 Declaration of Venice:
Principles for Organizing Mental Health Systems for Children and Adolescents
1998 Declaration of Venice:
Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders
2000 Declaration of Sharm El Sheikh:
Declaration of the Founding of the Eastern Mediterranean Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (EMACAPAP)
2000 Declaration of Modena:
Genetics of Autism
2001 Declaration of Jerusalem Children’s Rights
2003 Declaration of Rome:
Caring for Children Affected by Maltreatment, War, Terrorism, and Disaster
2004 Declaration of Berlin:
Assuring Mental Health for Children and Adolescents
2004 Declaration of Berlin:
Principles of Ethics in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (revised in Melbourne, 2006)
2005 Statement on Responses to Natural Disasters
2006 Melbourne Declaration 2006:
The theme of the 17th IACAPAP Congress in Melbourne 2006 was ”Nurturing Diversity”.
2007 Position Paper on a Rights-Based, Evidence-Based Approach to Care for Persons with ASD
(IACAPAP together with Autism-Europe and ESCAP)
2008 Declaration of the Consortium for Global Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health
(IACAPAP together with WAIMH, ISAPP, WFMH and InterCAMHS)
2012 Autism Declaration (2012)
IACAPAP asserts the importance to nations of well-funded, high quality, ethically delivered education and treatment for individuals with autism and PDD
2014 Declaration of Durban (2014) (in English)
Déclaration de Durban (2014) (en français)
Life, Health, and Mental Health – IACAPAP adopts the ‘Declaration of Durban’ at the 21st World Congress of IACAPAP, Durban, South Africa, 15 August 2014


Dr Daniel Fung is married to Joyce and the father of 5 grown up children. He is currently the Chairman Medical Board of Singapore’s Institute of Mental Health since 2011. Dr Fung is an Adjunct Associate Professor at all 3 medical schools in Singapore.

Dr Fung is currently the President of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions. He was awarded the National Day (Public Service Administration (Bronze)) Award in 2017 and the National Medical Excellence Award (Team) in 2018 for his work on community and school based mental health.

Dr Fung is interested in the treatment of emotional and behavioural disorders in children and he has advocated for the development of child mental health services and strategies through his research

Dr Fung’s research is supported by the National Medical Research Council and other agencies. He has co-authored over 160 peer reviewed research papers (118), books (32) and book chapters(18).

Dr. Christina Schwenck is professor for Special Needs Educational and Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology at the University of Giessen, Germany. She is a trained child and adolescent psychotherapist (specification behavior therapy) and a trained supervisor. Her research interests comprise selective mutism, conduct disorder, and children of parents with mental illness. She has published 56 articles in peer-reviewed journals and several book chapters on childhood mental health. She is editor of three book series on child and adolescent psychotherapy, psychology in school and psychotherapeutic children´s books. In her free time, she follows her passion for photography around the globe.

Dr. Schwenck is currently the Secretary General of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP). Her vision is to strengthen training and promotion of child and adolescent mental health professionals, particularly in low- and middle-income countries, including long-term mentorships for early career scientists and clinicians in this important field. Furthermore, she aims at alluring allied professions for IACAPAP to enhance active collaboration between professions in order to provide optimal supply for children and adolescents with mental health problems.