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Call for action now by UN General Assembly to mobilize public opinion to support ECOSOC declaration

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An international movement of nurses individually committed to global health is calling upon the United Nations General Assembly to act in mobilizing world public opinion to support the Millennium Development Goals and now, the "Internationally Agreed Goals and Commitments in regard to Global Public Health" which the UN Economic and Social Council has recently declared with  "unwavering resolve to implement".

The Nightingale Initiative for Global Health (NIGH) applauds — as a 'moral milestone for humanity' — the  "Ministerial Declaration" which was unanimously adopted in Geneva this summer by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). However, to enable this Declaration to be implemented, NIGH urges the UN General Assembly to collaborate with Member States and non-governmental organizations in a combined strategy and global campaign. This worldwide collaboration would enable the peoples of the United Nations to become better informed and more fully involved in personal and professional actions relevant to their common future as "Healthy People on a Healthy Planet" by 2020.

The draft UN Resolution, thus being proposed for the Assembly to consider, praises six decades of progress by the UN in improving the health of humanity by working with Member States, collaborating organizations and civil society. The suggested motion — entitled, "Mobilizing Public Opinion for the Health of Nations" — states the emerging global challenge to be universal recognition and acceptance of human health as the primary goal and responsibility of each citizen, every community and nation.

In presenting this draft for UN Delegations to consider, NIGH claims that "universal caring for the health of all peoples is an achievable goal fundamental in creating global economic and environmental sustainability and in replacing violent conflict with peace and prosperity in communities and nations being built by healthy citizens.”

The Nightingale Initiative for Global Health is a catalytic movement of more than 20,000 nurses and other health workers in 120 countries who have individually dedicated themselves to achieve a healthy world by 2020, to unite in a program of action, to share information and solutions and to improve health conditions for all humanity. In their Nightingale Declaration, they envision a healthy world as achievable by 2020 and resolve to adopt personal practices in their own lives to make that happen. They have further resolved to implement public policies “in our communities and nations.”

The resolution being proposed for the UN General Assembly —  as described above and attached in full — cites the achievements already made by the United Nations, Member State governments and civil society organizations and calls for a campaign to inform and involve all citizens in implementing the agreed goals — as detailed by the 2009 UN ECOSOC Ministerial Declaration — to achieve a healthy world.

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In 2008 & 2009, Asoka Roy’s family created a Platinum Sponsorship of the Nightingale Declaration Campaign to honor the memory of their sister — a pioneering nurse & midwife in both India & the United States. Projects developed from this contribution included an India-wide outreach of the Nightingale Declaration dedicated to Asoka’s memory.
See: An Indian Nightingale
Generous Support of Drs. Rustum & Della Roy