The SAACAPAP was founded in 1978 and published the first issue of its Journal of Child and Adolescent Mental Health in 1989. The SAACAPAP holds biennial congresses, organised by Eastern Sun Events, so we are well positioned to host the 2014 IACAPAP congress in Durban. There is a wealth of scientific research being conducted in South Africa in the field of Child and Adolescent Mental Health, much of which I hope will be showcased at the congress, in addition to the work presented by the international delegates. A highlight of the congress will be the 6 Plenary Lectures by an outstanding group of speakers, and the 18 concurrent “state of the art” lectures by experts in their field.