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Home : Global Action : STTI and the UN

STTI and the United Nations

The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) has special consultative status granted by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (U.N.), which allows STTI and nursing a voice at the U.N. on issues and processes related to improving world health.

As a non-governmental organization (NGO) of the U.N. with ECOSOC status, STTI and its members are strategically positioned to improve world health through consulting and collaborating with the U.N. and other NGOs.

Through this affiliation, STTI commits to disseminate information and raise public awareness about the purposes and activities of the U.N. and issues of global concern. STTI will provide the strongest nursing presence at the U.N. and will continue to conduct outreach around the world to help their nurse members better understand the work and aims of the U.N., including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set to be achieved by 2015. These goals, which include reducing child deaths, improving maternal health and combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other major diseases, lay the foundation for improving world health.

View The Millennium Development Goals and Me and see what you can do to help meet the goals by 2015.

U.N. Items of Interest

UN report finds huge inequalities in global mental health services
14 July 2015, UN News Centre

UN and partners launch key financing platform to end maternal, child mortality
13 July 2015, UN News Centre

UN and regional leaders launch effort to put Ebola-affected West Africa on path to recovery
10 July 2015, UN News Centre

Lessons from Millennium Development Goals springboard future UN agenda
6 July 2015, UN News Centre

Beyond 2015​ See overview, timeline, resources and think pieces.

Learn about the new Sustainable Development Goals​.


U.N. Millennium Development Goals

Goal 1: Eradicate extreme hunger and poverty

  • By 2015, reduce by half (compared to 1990) the proportion of people whose income is less than US $1 per day.
  • Achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all, including women and young people.
  • By 2015, reduce by half (compared to 1990) the proportion of people who suffer from hunger.

Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education

  • Ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling.

Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women

  • Eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education, preferably by 2005, and in all levels of education by 2015.

Goal 4: Reduce child mortality

  • By 2015, reduce by two-thirds (compared to 1990), the under-five mortality rate.

Goal 5: Improve maternal health

  • Reduce by three-fourths the maternal mortality ratio.
  • Achieve universal access to reproductive health.

Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases

  • By 2015, halt and begin to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS.
  • By 2010, achieve universal access to treatment for HIV/AIDS for all who need it.
  • By 2015, halt and begin to reverse the incidence of malaria and other major diseases.

Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability

  • Integrate principles of sustainable development into country politics and programs, and reverse the loss of environmental resources.
  • Reduce biodiversity loss and, by 2010, achieve significant reductions in the rate of loss.
  • By 2015, reduce by one-half the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation.
  • By 2020, achieve significant improvement in the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers.

Goal 8: Develop a global partnership for development

  • Address the special needs of the least developed countries, landlocked countries and small-island developing states.
  • Develop further an open, rule-based, predictable, non-discriminatory trading and financial system.
  • Deal comprehensively with developing countries’ debt.
  • In cooperation with the private sector, make available benefits of new technologies, especially information and communications.


Recommended Resources

U.N. Millennium Development Goals
A gateway to the U.N. system’s work on the MDGs

Millennium Promise
Our mission is the end of extreme poverty in our lifetime.

MDG Monitor
The Monitor shows how countries are progressing in their efforts to achieve the MDGs.

U.N. News Centre
Breaking News from the U.N. News Service.

The U.N. Web TV Channel is available 24 hours a day.

Beyond 2015 See overview, timeline, resources and think pieces.


STTI Resources

STTI granted special consultative status by the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations press release

Talk not enough to meet U.N. health goals says nurse leader article used with permission from Reflections on Nursing Leadership (RNL)

STTI awarded NGO affiliation from the U.N. press release

Nurses contribute to achievement of the U.N. MDGs press release





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