Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Good Health & Well-Being

Great strides have been made in improving people’s health in recent years. 146 out of 200 countries or areas have already met or are on track to meet the SDG target on under-5 mortality. Effective HIV treatment has cut global AIDS-related deaths by 52 per cent since 2010 and at least one neglected tropical disease has been eliminated in 47 countries.

However, inequalities in health care access still persist. The COVID-19 pandemic and other ongoing crises have impeded progress towards Goal 3. Childhood vaccinations have experienced the largest decline in three decades, and tuberculosis and malaria deaths have increased compared with pre-pandemic levels.

The Sustainable Development Goals make a bold commitment to end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other communicable diseases by 2030. The aim is to achieve universal health coverage, and provide access to safe and affordable medicines and vaccines for all.

To overcome these setbacks and address long-standing health care shortcomings, increased investment in health systems is needed to support countries in their recovery and build resilience against future health threats.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II

Whirlwind Wheelchair International

WWI 1989 San Francisco CA USA N

White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood

WRA Washington DC USA F

WHO Barcelona Office for Health Systems Strengthening

1999 Barcelona Spain K g

WHO Centre for Health Development

WKC 1996 Kobe Japan E g

WHO European Centre for Environment and Health

ECEH Bonn Germany K g

WHO European Healthy Cities Network

WHO Healthy Cities 1988 Copenhagen Denmark E

WHO European Office for Investment for Health and Development, Venice

Venice Italy K g

WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

FCTC 2003 Geneva Switzerland T g

WHO Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities

GNAFCC 2010 Geneva Switzerland F y

WHO Radiation Emergency Medical Preparedness and Assistance Network

WHO/REMPAN Geneva Switzerland F

WHO Regional Centre for Environmental Health Activities

CEHA 1985 Amman Jordan E g

WHO Regional Office for Africa

AFRO 1952 Brazzaville Congo Brazzaville E g

WHO Regional Office for Europe

1951 Copenhagen Denmark E g

WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia

SEARO 1948 Delhi India E g

WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean

EMRO 1948 Cairo Egypt E g

WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific

WPRO 1948 Manila Philippines E g

WHO South-East Asia Region Health Literature, Library and Information Services Network

HELLIS 1980 Delhi India F g

WHO-HQ Staff Association, Geneva

WHO-HQ SA 1951 Geneva Switzerland E v

Whole Child International

2004 Santa Monica CA USA G

Whole Grain Initiative

WGI 2017 Vienna Austria E y

Wilderness Medical Society

WMS 1983 Austin TX USA G

Wildlife Conservation Society

WCS 1895 New York NY USA G

Winds of Hope Foundation

1999 Lausanne Switzerland G f

Wings of Hope

WoH 1963 St Louis MO USA G

Winter Cities Institute


WMO Atmospheric Research and Environment Programme

AREP Geneva Switzerland K g

WomanCare Global


Womankind Worldwide

1989 London UK F

Women Against Cervical Cancer

WACC Paris France D

Women against Lung Cancer in Europe

WALCE 2006 Orbassano Italy G

Women Against Violence Europe

WAVE 1994 Vienna Austria F

Women and Children International Development Foundation

WCIDF Washington DC USA G f

Women and Health Alliance International

WAHA Paris France D

Women Deliver

2007 New York NY USA F

Women Engage for a Common Future

WECF 1994 Utrecht Netherlands F y

Women First International Fund

1969 New York NY USA F f

Women for Genuine Security

1997 Oakland CA USA G

Women Help Women


Women in Global Health

WGH 2015 F

Women Living under Muslim Laws

WLUML 1984 London UK F

Women on Waves

Amsterdam Netherlands G

Women With Visible and Invisible Disabilities

WinVisible London UK G

Women's Brain Project

WBP 2016 F

Women's Earth and Climate Action Network, International

WECAN 2011 Mill Valley CA USA G

Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights

WGNRR 1978 Quezon City Philippines F

Women's Group for the Abolition of Female Genital Mutilation and Other Harmful Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children

1982 Paris France N

Women's Hospitals Australasia

WHA 1994 Deakin ACT Australia G

Women's International Democratic Federation

WIDF 1945 San Salvador El Salvador B

Women's International Motorcycle Association

WIMA 1950 Bosmoreau-les-Mines France D

Women's International News Gathering Service

WINGS 1986 Denman Is BC Canada G