CGFNS International, Inc. attended the 72nd session of the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland from May 20-28, 2019 as part of the International Council of Nurses’ (ICN) delegation.
The delegation – consisting of an international nurse leaders, ICN staff, and its partners – strengthened the voice of the nursing profession at the world’s highest level of health policymaking by drafting and delivering a policy intervention on patient safety to the World Health Assembly.
As a global thought leader on nurse credentialing and mobility, CGFNS is proud to join its ICN partners at this important annual event.
“Staff at the ICN has done an exceptional job at helping to put together a lot of the research and pulling together information for us,” CGFNS’ Chief of Innovation & Business Development Peter Preziosi said. “Then with that, we sit and work with them on developing the key messaging and talking points that will ultimately be put into the intervention for us to then be able to talk to the group on.”
The video above discusses ICN’s presence at the World Health Assembly in 2019 in more detail. Preziosi’s remarks come at the 1:28 and 2:52 marks.
“Given that this is my second year (with the ICN delegation at the World Health Assembly), I feel like we’ve become much more sophisticated and organized in our messaging and our voice,” Preziosi said. “I think that there are other organizations and international, intergovernmental agencies…that have come to rely on the technical assistance and counsel that we as nurses bring to the table in addressing these complex challenges that we’re seeing around the globe. I feel that we are really a valuable asset.”
The World Health Assembly is the World Health Organization’s top decision-making body. Membership consists of delegations from all 194 WHO member states. The assembly focuses on a health agenda determined by the Executive Board and determines WHO policies, appoints the Director-General, and approves the program budget.