'Triad communique' from ICM, ICN and WHO.

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Government chief nursing and midwifery officers, representatives of nursing and midwifery associations and regulatory bodies from 101 countries met in Geneva on 19-20 May 2006, with the ICM, the International Council of Nurses and World Health Organisation, to address issues critical to the provision of safe, quality nursing and midwifery care and regulation.

In light of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the current and potential future issues facing the world's people and the nursing and midwifery professions, the meeting strongly supported the draft resolution on nursing and midwifery developed for the World Health Assembly. The proposed resolution urges Members States to address the global nursing and midwifery crisis and calls on the Assembly to monitor this, with a report back in 2010.

Underpinning the resolution and the Triad discussion is the commitment to health as a basic human right providing for equal access to equitable health care based on need rather than the ability to pay.

The communique from the three organisations continues with calls for action in various areas, including:

* human resources for health--where adoption of ethical recruitment, retention and managed migration strategies is strongly urged

* regulation--'nurses and midwives, in partnership with the public they serve should ... provide exemplary leadership and clear regulatory guidance focused on protecting the public'

* positive practice...

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