Where We Advocate

The ISN strives to build capacity and support within the healthcare community to create a network of kidney health supporters able to promote the need for improved kidney care to key decision-makers and stakeholders at global, regional, and national levels.

The ISN builds alliances with external stakeholders, including organizations from other disease areas, to strengthen mutual objectives and advocacy efforts.

The ISN is a non-governmental organization (NGO) in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO): this means that the ISN has a Collaboration Plan with the WHO on five research and advocacy-related activities to understand and address the global burden of kidney diseases within the context of global, regional, and national noncommunicable disease (NCD) strategies.

The ISN is in the process of becoming an NGO in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

In 2019, at the annual United Nations General Assembly meeting, Member States adopted a high-level Political Declaration on Universal Health Coverage (UHC). This landmark decision increases pressure on national governments to ensure equal access to essential health services without imposing financial hardship on patients. To download ISN’s statements at this high-level meeting, click here.

In 2018, the ISN attended the United Nations High-level Meeting on NCDs in New York. The ISN was the only kidney organization invited to attend the meeting. Read the ISN’s official statement delivered at the meeting here.

The ISN is a member of the NCD Alliance, a global organization leading civil society advocacy to fulfill political commitments on NCD prevention and control. It seeks to ensure that the WHO and United Nations (UN) commitments towards improving the lives of people with NCDs and those at risk are followed-up and implemented at all levels.

The ISN strives for health systems that deliver people-centered, integrated, multisectoral, and comprehensive services aimed at prevention, early detection, and treatment of all NCDs and their risk factors.

The ISN works as a leading member in the Global Coalition for Circulatory Health, led by the World Heart Federation. In 2018, the ISN launched the White Paper for Circulatory Health, calling for an integrated approach to disease management to raise awareness of kidney disease as a significant factor in circulatory health. To download the white paper, click here.

The ISN actively welcomes the inclusion of NCDs in the UN Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The ISN further calls for a heightened awareness of the frequently underestimated clinical, economic, and social burdens of kidney diseases.

More information on the relevance of SDGs to kidney diseases can be read in a recent contribution by Dr. Valerie Luyckx on this topic in The Lancet Kidney Campaign.