ICN 2021 Congress

The International Council of Nurses is pleased to send you the latest news on the ICN 2021 Congress, which will be held virtually 2-4 November 2021. The Congress will take you on a unique journey of “Nursing Around the World”, with a traveling hub that moves across the globe over the three-day period.


Register before 30 September to take advantage of the standard registration fee! When you register, you get full access to all official Congress sessions for up to six months after Congress; full access to e-posters, partner and industry symposia; full access to online chats and other virtual networking areas; and automatic allocation of continuing education credits (ICNECs). Discounted fees are available for ICN Members, students and delegates from low-income countries. Sign up now to get access to the world’s largest international gathering of nurses!

Incredible Keynote Speakers!

We are so honoured to have some incredible keynote speakers coming to the Congress.  On 2 November, our first plenary will be a panel session on the COVID-19 pandemic: The global response and lessons learnt to prevent future pandemics.  Moderated by Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand and Chair of the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response, the panel will include Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO COVID-19; Technical Lead; Dr John-Arne Røttingen, Ambassador for Global Health at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway; and Annette Kennedy, ICN President.

We have three plenaries on 3 November. The first is a presentation on Nursing’s role in delivering global health and strengthening health systems by former Director General of the United Nations, Mr Ban Ki-moon. In the second plenary on Day Two, two nurse politicians, U.S. Congresswoman Lauren Underwood and Seychelles Minister of Health Peggy Vidot wlll look at How nursing leadership can transform public health and the health workforce. Also on 3 November, several high-profile keynote speakers will join us to discuss Gender equality and empowering women: making life better for everyone. Speakers will include Michelle Bachelet, High Commissioner for Human Rights and former President of Chile: Dr Roopa DhattExecutive Director of Women in Global Health; Dr Nomafrench Mbombo, Minister of Health, Western Cape, South Africa; and Ms. Mariam Jalabi, Representative of the Syrian Opposition Coalition to the United Nations.

Our final two plenaries take place on 4 November.  We are so honoured to welcome Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization and Mr Guy Ryder, Director General of the International Labour Organization.

Details of the programme and all our speakers can be found here. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear these world-renowned speakers!

Helen Clark

Annette Kennedy

Peggy Vidot

Mariam Jalabi

Dr Maria Van Kerkhove

Mr Ban Ki-moon

Michelle Bachelet

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Dr John-Arne Røttingen

Lauren Underwood

Dr Nomafrench Mbombo

Mr Guy Ryder

Prestigious Sponsors and Partners!

ICN is delighted to announce two new Gold Sponsors for Congress: CGFNS International and The World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH)! We also welcome MalaffiCleveland Clinic Abu DhabiSigma and Sabin Vaccine Institute who join Jhpiego and Colgate Palmolive as Silver Sponsors.  And, joining the UNM College of Nursing and the Taiwan Nurses Association, we have five new Bronze Sponsors: CORE GroupFrances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University, the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO), the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, and University of Louisville School of Nursing.

We would like to thank all our sponsors and partners for their kind collaboration.
If you are interested in sponsoring, please contact millan@icn.ch.