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

Women's International Zionist Organization

WIZO 1920 Tel Aviv Israel F

Women's Voices Now

WVN 2010 Rolling Hills Estates CA USA G

Women's World Summit Foundation

WWSF 1991 Geneva Switzerland F f

Women's WorldWide Web

W4 2012 Paris France F

WomenStrong International



2013 Johannesburg South Africa F

Workability International

1987 Sydney NSW Australia D

Workgroup of European Cancer Patient Advocacy Networks

WECAN 2015 F y

Working Committee of the Malting Industry of the EU

1959 Brussels Belgium E t

Working Group on Prolamin Analysis and Toxicity

WGPAT 1985 Esslingen Germany D

World Academic Council of Emergency Medicine

WACEM 2014 E

World Academic Society of Medical Qigong

WASMQ 1989 Beijing China E v

World Academy of Medical Sciences

WAMS 1991 J

World Academy of Nursing Science

WANS 2009 Nonthaburi Thailand C

World Accord

1980 Ottawa ON Canada G

World Action on Salt, Sugar & Health

WASSH 2005 London UK F v

World Adult Kickball Association

WAKA 1998 N

World Agricultural Information Centre

WAICENT 1992 Rome Italy K g

World Agroforestry Centre

ICRAF 1977 Nairobi Kenya E

World AIDS Foundation

WAF 1998 N f

World Allergy Organization

WAO 1945 Milwaukee WI USA C y

World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action

WABA 1991 Penang Malaysia B y

World Alliance for Nutrition and Human Rights


World Alliance for Wound and Lymphedema Care


World Alliance of Organizations for the Prevention and Treatment of Genetic and Congenital Conditions

WAO 1994 The Hague Netherlands E

World Alliance of Pituitary Organizations

WAPO 2014 Zeeland Netherlands C

World Alliance of Young Men's Christian Associations

YMCA 1855 Vernier Switzerland B

World Altering Medicine

WAM 2006 N

World Animal Protection

1981 London UK B

World Anti-Bullying Forum

WABF 1997 Umeå Sweden D

World Anti-Doping Agency

WADA 1999 Montréal QC Canada F

World Anticancer Movement

WAM 2012 Vienna Austria F

World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association

WAVMA 2007 Conifer CO USA D

World Arnold Chiari Malformation Association

WACMA Newtown Square PA USA N

World Assemblies of God Fellowship

WAGF 1988 Springfield MO USA F

World Assembly on Tobacco Counters Health

WATCH 1997 Delhi India S c

World Association for Children and Parents

WACAP 1976 Seattle WA USA G

World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine

WADEM 1976 Madison WI USA F v

World Association for Infant Mental Health

WAIMH 1992 Tampere Finland C

World Association for Laser Therapy

WALT 1994 Bergen Norway D

World Association for Medical Law

WAML 1967 D

World Association for Medical Sexology

WAMS 2009 Caracas Venezuela J

World Association for Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy and Counseling

WAPCEPC 1997 Vienna Austria D

World Association for Positive and Transcultural Psychotherapy

WAPP 1996 Wiesbaden Germany E

World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation

WAPR 1986 Bangalore India B

World Association for Sexual Health

WAS 1978 Stellenbosch South Africa B y

World Association for Social Psychiatry

WASP 1964 New Delhi India B v

World Association for Stress Related and Anxiety Disorders

WASAD 2016 Würzburg Germany G

World Association for Supported Employment

WASE 1995 Willemstad Netherlands C

World Association for Sustainable Development

WASD 2003 London UK C