GRANTED LEADING NGO STATUS AT THE UN!
On July 26, 2018, we were granted 'Special Consultative Status' with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC). Representing the grassroots-to-global movement of the Nightingale Initiative for Global Health, our Canadian NGO — 'NIGH World' — received this leading UN NGO 'Status' after more than a decade of work within the arenas of United Nations organizations and agencies. This ‘Special Consultative’ relationship is the principal means by which UN ECOSOC receives input from NGO voices into its deliberations at official public meetings — as well as in UN international conferences and related preparatory meetings.
Each year, all NGOs holding ‘Consultative Status’ receive the provisional agenda of ECOSOC. They then have certain privileges to officially place items on the agenda of ECOSOC. They may also attend official meetings, where they may submit written statements and make oral presentations to governments.
Based on our current work and the United Nations experience of many on our Core Leadership Team and UN NGO representatives, we will now be focused on receiving input — about achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — from our colleagues across the world — then to share their voices of grassroots knowledge at global levels —in many more ways.
Image Credits: Top left: Celebratory blue fireworks display from Wikimedia by photographer Neurovelho - used with the GNU Free Documentation License. Middle: UN SDGs Colour Wheel used with Guidelines attribution from UN.org. Bottom: The Economic & Social Council at UN Headquarters in New York City. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe, used with required attribution to UN.org.
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Government departments and agencies and academic bodies — including the World Health Organization (WHO) — often call on her to speak and consult on many issues surrounding nursing, health human resources, leadership, and health-care policy. She established the first WHO Collaborating Centre for Leadership Development in a hospital environment, which brought together nurse executives — from the Caribbean, Israel, Eastern Europe and Africa — to learn more about their role in leading a facility’s nursing services. She has also been a consultant on nursing projects in Israel, China, the Barbados, the British Virgin Islands, Hungary, Poland and the United States.
As NIGH’s executive coordinator and website developer, Dr. Beck is a multi-media communications strategist currently focused on the mobilization of public opinion and advocacy to increase concern for global health issues. In these roles, she develops online feature articles, videos and photo-essays — coordinating with nurses, midwives, students and media professionals alike.
She is now aiming to empower and engage nurses, midwives and related students across the world to share their stories and their concerns with everybody else. Championing this ideas, Dr. Beck is developing — with NIGH's growing grassroots-to-global team — a participatory worldwide wave of media about how health and all the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals are achieved. Mobilizing public opinion to care is a critical factor in achieving a better world.
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization, this timely work portrays the vital role of nurses and midwives who are essential to human health worldwide.
In 2008, photos from 56 nations were chosen from WHO's archives — 1950 to 2008 — by NIGH's International Co-Director Dr. Deva-Marie Beck. Collaborating with then WHO Chief Nursing Officer Dr. Jean Yan, Dr. Beck worked with a task force of nursing leaders from across the world to create this video — now available online in eight languages (Arabic, English, French, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish).
This video illustrates the devoted and diverse daily work of nurses caring for others to be well and midwives caring for mothers to be well and their babies to be healthy. Spanning more than 60 years, this photo essay moves around the globe to the music of Natalie MacMaster, who gifted her composition — 'Julia's Waltz' — to this project. Andrew Kines was the Video Editor for all versions.
The English and Mandarin versions were both premiered at a WHO Regional Conference convened at Shandong University in Jinan, China and many versions have since been showcased at WHO Regional Offices, WHO Collaborating Centres and other universities across the world — later all were made available online.