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As the number one nursing event in the world, ICN, in partnership with the Emirates Nursing Association, look forward to sharing this experience with you. For the past 120 years, the ICN Congress has proved itself as the global platform to gather and empower the global nurse community.
It is with great pleasure we inform you that the ICN 2021 Congress and Exhibition will be held in Abu Dhabi, UAE in partnership with the Emirates Nursing Association from 5 - 9 June 2021 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).

The ICN 2021 Congress and Exhibition will have the overarching theme “Nursing the World Together”. This theme builds on the theme of International Nurses Day 2020, “Nursing the World to Health” and combines it with the ICN President’s watchword “Together”.

2020 is a time to celebrate the work of nurses and midwives internationally, highlight the challenging conditions they often face, and advocate for increased investments in the nursing and midwifery workforce. While the world is focusing on the global pandemic COVID-19, the convergence of these two events should not be lost on us. The importance of the nursing workforce in this time of need cannot be overstated. Nurses are at the centre of efforts to prevent, contain and manage this health emergency.

The ICN 2021 Congress and Exhibition will build on the vital contribution of nurses in the battle for health and well-being across the entire world. We recognise that no country can do this alone: we must do this together.

Annette Kennedy
President International Council of Nurses
Aysha AL Mahri
President Emirates Nursing Association

Key dates

Abstract submission opening
1 June 2020

Abstract submission closes
31 July 2020

Early Bird Registration opens
1 June 2020

Early Bird Rates End
12 February 2021

5 June 2021- 9 June 2021

*In the light of the continuing global pandemic we are monitoring and considering closely the implications for our ICN Congress next year. We will of course communicate through all the usual channels to our NNAs and other stakeholders when there are any updates.

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Registration for ICN 2021 Congress and Exhibition is open from 1 June 2020 


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Past Congresses

Held every two years, the International Council of Nurses Congresses bring together the world’s nurses and related disciplines to share best practice, research and knowledge. The Congress provides a regular opportunity for nurses to build relationships and to disseminate nursing and health-related knowledge.

Over 5,300 delegates attended the ICN Congress 2019 in Singapore. Hosted by the Singapore Nurses Association, this international gathering explored the many ways in which nurses work to achieve universal access to health, not only providing health care but also addressing the social determinants of health, such as education, gender equality, poverty, etc.


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