WHO has declared 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife to mark the bicentenary of the birth of the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale and to recognize the critical contribution both professions make to global health. May is a key moment to catalyse high-level dialogue and collaborative engagements for moving forward the findings of The State of the World’s Nursing Report, which will be launched on World Health Day, 7 April 2020, as part of the activities of the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.

Key dates for May 2020

Ninth WHO Global Forum for Government Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officers (GCNMOs) and the Eighth Triad Meeting, 13–15 May, Geneva– organized jointly by WHO, the International Confederation of Midwives and the International Council of Nurses. The meetings will be held at the Centre International de Conférence (CICG), immediately prior to the Seventy-third World Health Assembly. (by invitation only)

The GCNMO Forum and the ICM-ICN-WHO Triad Meeting have heightened importance during the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.  Occurring at almost the mid-point of 2020, the meetings will focus on pivoting from advocacy to action.  Participants will learn how to leverage the findings from The State of the World’s Nursing 2020 and anticipated reports on midwifery to make evidence-based arguments for national policy reforms and investment in nursing and midwifery to improve primary healthcare, strengthen emergency response and resilience, and achieve UHC.  

Health for All, Film Festival, 16 May (PM), Geneva – special focus on nursing and midwifery film submission

Walk the Talk, 17 May (AM), Geneva – special focus will be given to nurses and midwives in celebration of the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife. We encourage you to register at https://www.who.int/news-room/events/detail/2020/05/17/default-calendar/walk-the-talk-the-health-for-all-challenge

World Health Assembly 17- 20 May, Geneva