How Schools of Nursing in Canada Can Contribute to Achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals

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The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are an ambitious set of targets to be met by 2030.  All United Nations’ member countries are responsible for developing national plans for their achievement and reporting on progress made.

Nurses have vital contributions to make to the SDGs.  Using nursing exemplars, I’ll discuss the realization of key principles for meeting the SDGs such as policy coherence, using gender responsive approaches, coordinating across all levels of government, and incorporating indigenous ways of knowing in leadership models. Participants will have an opportunity to share relevant examples from their Schools of Nursing.

This presentation is about getting informed, having a voice, a plan, and an impact.  Schools of Nursing in Canada can make an important contribution to the SDGs.


Nancy Edwards, RN (non-practising), PhD, FCAHS

Nancy Edwards is a Distinguished Professor and Professor Emeritus, School of Nursing, University of Ottawa.  Dr. Edwards obtained her undergraduate nursing degree from the University of Windsor and completed graduate studies in epidemiology at McMaster University and McGill University. She is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

Dr. Edwards’ professional interests are in the fields of public and population health. She has worked in global health for most of her career focusing on capacity building, the delivery of maternal and child health programs, reducing health inequities, and implementation research.  She has mentored many colleagues, led global health program delivery and research initiatives on four continents, and shaped strategic directions for global health during her tenure as a Scientific Director with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

In both Canada and abroad, Nancy has drawn on her foundational global health learning roots in Sierra Leone, West Africa, where she worked as a community health nurse and program evaluator for five years.  Nancy captures these experiences in her book Not One, Not Even One: A Memoir of Life-altering Experiences in Sierra Leone, West Africa.  Her book was released by Friesen Press earlier this year (