In July 2012, the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) granted special consultative status to Sigma based on expertise in the field of nursing and global health. This United Nations (UN) designation recognizes Sigma’s commitment to the charter of the UN, which seeks to achieve international cooperation toward solving humanitarian issues.

Special consultative status grants Sigma greater privileges and access to nearly all intergovernmental processes at the UN dealing with economic and social development. This designation allows Sigma to participate on UN committees through which Sigma has a voice. As part of this affiliation, Sigma commits to disseminate information and raise public awareness about the purposes and activities of the UN and related issues of global concern.

Sigma will provide a strong nursing presence at the UN and will continue to conduct outreach around the world to help our nurse members better understand the work and aims of the UN, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Goal 4. Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning
Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Goal 6. Ensure access to water and sanitation for all
Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
Goal 8. Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all
Goal 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
Goal 10. Reduce inequality within and among countries
Goal 11. Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources
Goal 15. Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss
Goal 16. Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies
Goal 17. Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

How can you be involved?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) seem so broad. Can I really make a difference?
Use one of the suggestions below, or come up with your own ideas and let Sigma know what you’ve done to make a difference at

Powerful Individual – Use your passion and strengths to get involved at a local level through individual participation. For example:

  • Search the web for keywords related to the SDGs and topics important to you (e.g., habitat, end poverty, homeless shelters, food banks, water management, etc.).
  • Find a program where you can use your talents.
  • Volunteer. You can make a difference.
  • Donate your time, talent, and resources to worthy causes.

Chapter Champion – Utilize chapter resources to do what we alone cannot accomplish. For example:

  • Sponsor health related events in an underserved area.
  • Start a mentoring program in your area.
  • Partner with an appropriate hospital or clinic to help create a health-related campaign.
  • Assemble care packages to be sent to areas in need.

Global Citizen – Look for big projects that can improve health around the world. For example:

  • Take an overseas trip organized by a group with a specific health-related cause that interests you.
  • Find a relief organization that needs nurses who can travel for short- or long-term assignments.
  • Check your local service organization for global outreach projects.

Recommended Resources

Global Goals Website

UN Website

UN Sustainable Development Goals


Sigma Resources

Report on Commission on the Status of Women 2017 and Analysis of the Agreed Conclusions

Economic Empowerment Developing Leadership Skills for Decision-making, Governance, and Policy from the UN Commission on the Status of Women parallel event presentation 17 March 2017

Empowering Women Through Leadership Development from the UN Commission on the Status of Women Presentation 16 March 2016

"Talk not enough to meet UN health goals, says nurse leader" (article used with permission from Reflections on Nursing Leadership [RNL])

"STTI to host UN-related women empowerment event" (article used with permission from Reflections on Nursing Leadership [RNL])