Thousands of nurses prepare to travel to Singapore for the start of International Council of Nurses’ Congress

24 June 2019

The biennial ICN Congress is where nurses of the world meet to discuss policies and share best practices


Geneva, Switzerland, 24 June 2019 – More than 5,000 nurses from 120-plus countries are descending on Singapore for the world’s greatest gathering of nurses at the ICN Congress.


The Congress, which runs from 27 June till 1 July, is being hosted by the Singapore Nurses Association.  This international gathering of thousands of nurses will explore the many ways in which nurses work to achieve universal access to health, not only providing health care, but also addressing the social determinants of health, including education, gender equality and poverty.


ICN President Annette Kennedy said:


“The theme of this Congress is Beyond Healthcare to Health. This will never be achieved without investment in nursing and nurses, without nurses being involved in policy at all levels. Nurses working from birth to death across all spectrums of health and illness have unique knowledge about societies’ health care needs.


This Congress will inform nurses about ICN’s work, health care and nursing issues globally. It will encourage nurses as patient advocates to contribute to health policy at national, regional and local level. It is imperative to have the nursing voice at the policy table. “


As well as providing opportunities for nurses to build relationships and disseminate best practices in nursing and health-related knowledge, this Congress will also mark ICN’s 120th anniversary with an exhibition detailing the organisation’s illustrious history from its early beginnings to its current status, representing the more than 20 million nurses from 120-plus countries.


Prior to the Congress, the Council of National Nursing Association Representatives, ICN’s global governing body, will convene from 25-27 June 2019.


For details of the Congress programme go to:


Download the Congress app free of charge from the App Store for iPhones and from the Play Store for Android phones. After opening one of these stores, type “K.I.T. Group” in the search toolbar.

Note for Editors

The International Council of Nurses (ICN) is a federation of more than 130 national nurses’ associations representing the millions of nurses worldwide. Operated by nurses and leading nursing internationally, ICN works to ensure quality care for all and sound health policies globally.

For further information please contact

Gyorgy Madarasz, Press Officer, International Council of Nurses, Tel: +41 22 908 01 16