More than 150 world leaders are expected to attend the UN Sustainable Development Summit from 25-27 September at UN headquarters in New York to formally adopt an ambitious new sustainable development agenda. This momentous agenda will serve as the launch pad for action by the international community and by national governments to promote shared prosperity and well-being for all over the next 15 years.
At this time of transition to the sustainable development goals (SDGs), ICN would like to highlight the need for a more system-wide investment with primary focus on health promotion and prevention of illness and other unhealthy conditions. As countries are accelerating efforts towards universal health coverage, there is a clear need for strong, well-equipped and well-staffed healthcare systems in order to continuously provide good quality healthcare services to all people in need. Nurses are the frontline responders to a range of health problems as a result of factors that are beyond health sector control. We believe that health must be considered in non-health goals including poverty, nutrition, water and sanitation, environment, education, human rights, gender and equity, disaster risk reduction and transport.
Nurses’ contributions to achieving global development goals take place both at the point of care and at the policy decision making table. As prime healthcare service providers, nurses can provide quantitative and qualitative data to inform evidence based policy development. To ensure smooth transition from the Millennium Development Goals to the sustainable development goals, and to keep the momentum and accelerate the efforts to achieve health for all, ICN encourages the involvement of nurses both in health and non-health policy design, planning and implementation at national, regional and international levels.
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