HRH Princess Muna al-Hussein of Jordan
Image: HRH Princess Muna al-Hussein of Jordan | Image Credit: Twitter

Her Royal Highness Muna al-Hussein, the princess of Jordan, is the active WHO patron for Nursing and Midwifery in the Eastern Mediterranean region, Champion for the Nursing Now Campaign, and the former Commissioner to the UN High-Level Commission on Economic Growth and Health Employment.

Her Royal Highness Princess Muna is the beneficiary of various renowned awards such as the Sigma Theta Tau International Archon Award for her unparalleled superintendence in fostering health and welfare throughout the world, the WHO Director-General’s Health Leaders Award for her stellar management in global health, and the Princess Muna Award for Global Advocacy for International Credentialing which was fabricated in HRH Princess Muna’s name by the American Nurses Credentialing Centre in acknowledgment of her contribution in facilitating nursing profession in Jordan and around the world.

HRH Princess Muna has effectively championed nursing and reinforced the healthcare workforce worldwide by focusing on the improvement of departments of education, ongoing training, professional development, and scholarship. Princess Muna al-Hussein talked about the exertion of the healthcare workers for their endurance and persistent combat against COVID-19 at the opening speech of the seventy-third World Health Assembly (WHA) 2020 and said that “applause without action is no longer acceptable”. The Princess is known for having a profound devotion to the growth of nursing in Jordan and around the world and has long been a true campaigner of ICN.

New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark
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The Rt. Hon. Helen Clark was elected as the Prime Minister of New Zealand and served from 1999–2008. Ms. Clark was the first woman to become the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) from 2009-2017 and simultaneously, she was also the Chair of the United Nations Development Group.

Helen Clark widely took part in policy development and is known for her advocacy across the international, economic, environmental, social, and cultural arenas. She endorsed vigorously for New Zealand’s comprehensive programme on sustainability and for addressing the issues of climate change. Ms. Clark continues to be a firm voice for gender equality and women’s leadership, peace and justice, and action on putting forward global health issues in the world forum. In July 2020, she was appointed as a Co-Chair of the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response by the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO).

In collaboration with the Emirates Nursing Association, ICN 2021 will unite thousands of nurses from around the world in an engaging online event and will build on the key achievement of nurses in the fight for health and well-being across the globe. ICN plans on passing the nursing baton across the different regions using the theme ‘Nursing around the World’ in a sequence of live and responsive events that will give their members a golden chance to exhibit their skills and innovations from every part of the world.

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