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The council of National Representatives (CNR) meeting has ended in Barcelona, Spain. The CNR meeting took place from 25th to 27th May 2017 and provided an opportunity for National Nursing and Midwifery Associations to come together and develop policies for global governance of nursing through strategic leadership, policy impact and diversification.

A new ICN president by name Anette Kennedy from Ireland was elected into office. A new Board was also elected into office to manage the affairs of ICN for the next four years. The CNR preceded the ICN congress which is currently ongoing and will end on 1st June 2017.

The theme for the congress is "The Global Voice of Nursing, Nurses at the forefront of transforming care". This international gathering of thousands of nurses will explore nurses’ leading role in the transformation of care, with a particular focus on universal health coverage, the Sustainable Development Goals and human resources for health. The Congress will provide opportunities for nurses to build relationships and to disseminate nursing knowledge and leadership across specialties, cultures and countries. The three ICN pillars – Professional Practice, Regulation and Socio-Economic Welfare – will frame the scientific programme and the dynamic exchange of experiences and expertise.

A delegation from the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association led by the President is taking part in the Congress.

The main objectives of the Congress are:

  • To demonstrate and advance the nursing contribution to informed and sustainable health policies.
  • To support nursing’s contribution to evidence-based healthcare and to encourage problem-solving approaches to health priority needs.
  • To provide opportunities for an in-depth exchange of experience and expertise within and beyond the international nursing community.