NIGH's Participation at the United Nations
In 2009, the Nightingale Initiative for Global Health was awarded United Nations NGO Status for UN DPI — Department of Public Information — in recognition of NIGH's work to increase global public awareness about issues related to United Nations' mandates, agencies, concerns and related projects, This honor was achieved, in part, through collaboration with global nursing leaders aligned with the World Health Organization (WHO) to co-produce a video for WHO's 60th Anniversary--'Nurses & Midwives: Now More Than Ever for a Healthy World’ — in eight languages.
In 2012, NIGH established a working team of volunteers — based at UN Headquarters in New York City and to collaborate with our team also at the UN in Geneva — to officially work with NIGH as UN DPI NGO Representatives & Youth Representatives.
In 2014, we were privileged to Host an official Panel Presentation at the United Nations International NGO Conference convened at the New York UN Headquarters. This Panel focused on sharing what our team had achieved — to develop an online Global Briefing called 'The World Nurses Want' for nurses and others, worldwide, to actively participate in the United Nations' 'Post-2015 Agenda' to determine the UN's new 'Sustainable Development Goals' for 2015 through 2030.
We have further collaborated with the WHO Healthcare Workforce Department, based in Geneva, to create and produce a second video — At The Heart of It All — Nurses & Midwives for Universal Health Coverage — premiered at the WHO Global Forum for Chief Nursing & Midwifery Officers in 2014.
Above left: Dr. Holly K. Shaw, presenting at the UN International NGO Conference in 2014, while serving, from 2013-2015, as a Director on two UN DPI-NGO Executive Committees. Above right: NIGH's Panel Presentation for this prestigious NGO Conference at UN Headquarters. Deva-Marie Beck, PhD, RN, Panel Moderator, serves as International Co-Director for the Nightingale Initiative for Global Health (right); Holly K. Shaw, PhD, RN, (middle) also an Associate Professor Adelphi University School of Nursing in New York City; and Gloria Chan, BScN, AA, RN-BC, CCRN-CSC. All three women serve as NIGH's United Nations DPI-NGO Representatives.
Panel Presenters at the UN International NGO Conference in 2014. From left: Timothy F. Shi, BSc, RN, is an Oncology Nurse at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, serving as a UN NGO Youth Representative for Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI). Gloria Chan, BScN, AA, RN-BC, CCRN-CSC, is a Cardio-Thoracic ICU Nurse at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn and a Nurse Anesthetist Graduate Student at the Rutgers University, serving NIGH as a UN DPI NGO Representative. David 'DJ' Schnabel, Jr., BScN, RN, is a Pediatric Cardiac ICN Nurse at New York- Presbyterian Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, serving NIGH as a UN NGO Youth Representative. And, Raissa Lynn G. Sanchez, BScN, RN, is a Cardiothoracic ICU nurse at New York-Presbyterian Columbia University Medical Center, serving as a UN NGO Youth Representative for Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI). All above photos from NIGH's 2014 Archives. These Presenters followed up by further presentations at nearby hospitals and universities, at two STTI International Research Conferences in Hong Kong and Puerto Rico, and at hospitals and related meetings in Shanghai, Singapore and Cambodia.
“The progressive world is necessarily divided into two classes — those who take the best of what there is and enjoy it — and those who wish for something better and try to create it.” Florence Nightingale, 1860