The Year Of The Nurse And The Midwife 2020, A Catalyst For Change


Monday, November 16th 11:00 - 12:00 (Swiss time)


Nurses and midwives play a vital role in providing health services. These are the people who devote their lives to caring for mothers and children; giving lifesaving immunizations and health advice; looking after older people and generally meeting everyday essential health needs. They are often, the first and only point of care in their communities. The world needs 9 million more nurses and midwives if it is to achieve universal health coverage by 2030.

That’s why the World Health Assembly has designated 2020 the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.

Join WHO and partners including, the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), International Council of Nurses (ICN), Nursing Now and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in a year-long effort to celebrate the work of nurses and midwives, highlight the challenging conditions they often face, and advocate for increased investments in the nursing and midwifery workforce.

The State of the world’s nursing 2020 report outline the role of nurses with respect to the WHO “triple billion” targets and forward-looking policy options for an agenda to strengthen the nursing workforce.


Arianne Alcorta



Howard Catton

Chief Executive Officer, International Council of Nurses (ICN)

Elisabeth Iro

Chief Nursing Officer, World Health Organization (WHO)

Roswitha Koch Heepen

Board member, International Council of Nurses (ICN)

Soosmita Sinha

Founder and President, Health Law Institute