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

World Association for the History of Veterinary Medicine

WAHVM 1969 Midlothian UK C

World Association of Chinese Epileptologists

WACE Taipei Taiwan J

World Association of Early Childhood Educators

AMEI-WAECE 1991 Madrid Spain D

World Association of Eclectic Hypnotherapists

WAEH 1993 Brownsville TX USA F v

World Association of Eye Hospitals

WAEH 2007 Rotterdam Netherlands D

World Association of Industrial and Technological Research Organizations

WAITRO 1970 Nanjing China B yt

World Association of Medical and Health Films

WAMHF 1990 Vinkeveen Netherlands D

World Association of Medical Editors

WAME 1995 C v

World Association of Perinatal Medicine

WAPM 1988 Istanbul Türkiye C

World Association of Public Employment Services

WAPES 1989 Brussels Belgium C

World Association of Radiopharmaceutical and Molecular Therapy

WARMTH 1998 Delhi India C

World Association of Sarcoidosis and other Granulomatous Disorders

WASOG 1958 Stockholm Sweden D v

World Association of Societies of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

WASPaLM 1947 Tokyo Japan B

World Association of Trainees in Obstetrics & Gynecology

WATOG 2012 Paris France B

World Association of Veterinary Food Hygienists

WAVFH 1955 Berlin Germany C

World Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians

WAVLD 1977 Ames IA USA D v

World Autism Organisation

WAO 1998 C

World Bamboo Organization

WBO 1992 Plymouth MA USA C

World Benchmarking Alliance

WBA Amsterdam Netherlands C y

World Bladder Cancer Patient Coalition

WBCPC 2019 Brussels Belgium C

World Business Council for Sustainable Development

WBCSD 1995 Geneva Switzerland C

World Cancer Research Fund International

WCRF 1990 London UK G f

World Care

1996 Tucson AZ USA G

World Carfree Network

1997 F

World Centers of Compassion for Children International

WCCCI 1997 London UK G

World Child Cancer

2007 London UK N

World Children's Center

Hyderabad India N

World Children's Relief and Volunteer Organization

WCR 2002 Prescott AZ USA N

World Chiropractic Alliance

WCA 1989 Chandler AZ USA N

World Christian Doctors Network

WCDN Seoul Korea Rep F

World Clinical Laser Institute

WCLI 2000 Foothill Ranch CA USA N j

World Coalition for Trauma Care

WCTC 2012 C y

World Cocoa Foundation

WCF 2000 Washington DC USA G f

World College of Aesthetic and Antiageing Medicine

WOCAAM 2006 Paris France G

World Community Chaplains

1978 West Hills CA USA N

World Concern International

1955 Seattle WA USA F

World Confederation for Existential Therapy

2016 J

World Confederation for Physical Therapy

WCPT 1951 London UK B y

World Confederation of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies

WCCBT 2019 C y

World Conference of Therapeutic Communities

Katrineholm Sweden S c

World Conference on Breast Cancer Foundation

WCBCF 1995 Winnipeg MB Canada N f

World Conference on Movement: Brain, Body, Cognition

2010 S c

World Conference on Tobacco or Health

WCTOH Paris France S c

World Conference on Urine Therapy

S c

World Congress of Acupuncture

S c

World Congress of Chiropractic Students

WCCS 1979 Toronto ON Canada C cy

World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery

London UK S c

World Congress on Cancers of the Skin

WCCS 1983 S c

World Congress on Controversies in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Infertility

COGI Tel Aviv Israel S c

World Congress on Family Law and the Rights of Children and Youth

WCFLCR S c

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