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About 20,000 nurses and health experts from around the world will gather in Seoul this week to discuss the future of nursing. During the International Council of Nurses (ICN) Conference, scheduled from June 19 to 23 at the COEX, the participants from 135 countries will learn about some of the world’s major health issues and will strengthen partnerships.

Prior to the forum, meetings of some 100 representatives from member countries started Wednesday. During these, which will continue until June 19, they will review what they have done over the past two years since the previous 2013 conference in Melbourne, Australia, officials said.

The participants include ICN President Judith Shamian and World Health Organization (WHO)

Director-General Margaret Chan.Chan, who will arrive on Thursday, will meet with Korean health officials and disclose WHO recommendations on the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome outbreak here, the officials said. On Saturday, Chan will deliver a keynote speech, “Global Citizen, Global Nursing,” which is expected to focus on the challenging role of nurses in the age of globalization.