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Home : Media

9 October 2012

Rachael McLaughlin, Director
Marketing and Communications
Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International

Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International
granted special consultative status by the
Economic and Social Council of the United Nations

INDIANAPOLIS — The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) has been granted special consultative status 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.

Since 2009, STTI has been recognized as an NGO of the Department of Public Information NGO Section (DPI NGO). In this role, STTI had observer status. With ECOSOC status, the highest honor bestowed on NGOs, STTI is in a position to inform the U.N. on nursing and health-related issues as well as actively participate in activities of the U.N. in New York City, USA; Geneva, Switzerland; and Vienna, Austria.

As an organization with ECOSOC status, STTI will be able to:

  • Provide expert analysis on nursing issues
  • Help advance the U.N.’s goals and objectives, such as the Millennium Development Goals
  • Make written and oral statements concerning nursing and global health at U.N. events
  • Serve on health-related committees
  • Attend international U.N. conferences, events and meetings

In addition to STTI’s elevated status with the U.N., two prominent STTI members serve on the DPI NGO Executive Committee: Vice Chairman Dr. Mary Norton from Felician College in Lodi, N.J., USA, and Dr. Holly Shaw of Adelphi University in Garden City, N.Y., USA.

For more information about STTI and its involvement with the U.N., please visit

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The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Founded in 1922, STTI has more than 135,000 active members in more than 85 countries. Members include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs and others. STTI’s roughly 500 chapters are located at approximately 695 institutions of higher education throughout Armenia, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, the United States, and Wales. More information about STTI can be found online at

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