The Nightingale Declaration for A Healthy World
“We—the nurses and concerned citizens of the global community—hereby dedicated ourselves to achieve a healthy world. We declare our willingness to unite in a program of action, to share information and solutions and to improve health conditions for all humanity— locally, nationally and globally. We further resolve to adopt personal practices and to implement public policies in our communities and nations —making this goal achievable and inevitable—beginning today in our own lives, in the life of our nations and in the world at large.”
The first words of the 'Nightingale Declaration’ are modeled after the Preamble to the founding Charter of the United Nations (1945) with the words, “We the peoples of the United Nations...”
The Declaration also reflects the deep and wide legacy of Florence Nightingale—the famous nurse who worked for 50 years to achieve the health of all peoples and for the health of the world. We believe she would have been quite pleased to sign this Declaration!
Crafted at an international nursing conference in Toronto, in 2003— during a global SARS epidemic, where patients and nurses were dying nearby—this Declaration has become the foundational credo for all activities of the Nightingale Initiative for Global Health. It clarifies and commits to our shared goals and shared purposes—to work together to build a better world for everyone.
We welcome you to join in this commitment!