Nursing and midwifery advocacy to lead the United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda

Nurs Outlook. Nov-Dec 2019;67(6):628-641. doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2019.06.013. Epub 2019 Jun 28.


The United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was implemented on January 1, 2016 and is composed of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and further delineated by 169 targets. This article offers background information on the 2030 Agenda as it relates to nursing and midwifery, professional organizational initiatives currently advancing the SDGs, the ethos of global citizenship, the urgency to respond to dwindling planetary health, the salience of nursing and midwifery advocacy in SDG attainment, and the myriad opportunities for nurses to lead and collaborate toward realizing these Global Goals. A US-based perspective is employed to underscore the Agenda's relevance to the US nursing workforce and healthcare system. The SDGs, with their holistic bio-psycho-social-environmental approach to health, present enormous opportunities for nurses and midwives. The SDG framework is naturally aligned with the foundational philosophy and purpose of our professions.

Keywords: Health equity; Planetary health; SDGs; Sustainable development,; United Nations.

MeSH terms

  • Consumer Advocacy*
  • Female
  • Global Health*
  • Humans
  • Midwifery / organization & administration*
  • Nursing Care / organization & administration*
  • Organizational Objectives
  • Pregnancy
  • Sustainable Development*
  • United Nations