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 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


World Congress on Hydrogen Sulfide in Biology and Medicine

S c

World Congress on Leishmaniosis


World Congress on Prevention of Diabetes and its Complications


World Congress on Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

WCRPL 2016 S c

World Council for Psychotherapy

WCP 1995 Vienna Austria B

World Council of Elders of the Ancient Traditions and Cultures


World Council of Enterostomal Therapists

WCET 1975 Westford MA USA C v

World Council on City Data

WCCD Toronto ON Canada J

World Deaf Golf Federation

WDGF Mitcham VIC Australia C

World Deaf Squash Inc

WDSI 2003 E

World Disability Union

WDU 2011 Istanbul Türkiye C y

World Doctors Orchestra

WDO 2008 Berlin Germany F

World Duchenne Organization

WDO Veenendaal Netherlands C f

World Egg Organisation


World Emergency Relief

WER 1985 San Dimas CA USA G


WE 2003 Berkeley CA USA G

World Endometriosis Research Foundation

WERF 2006 London UK G f

World Endometriosis Society

WES 1998 Vancouver BC Canada C

World Ethnosport Society

2012 Riga Latvia C

World Evangelical Alliance Sustainability Center

WEA Sustainability Center 2018 Bonn Germany G

World Fair Trade Latin America

WFTO-LA Ypacarai Paraguay D t

World Fair Trade Organization

WFTO 1989 Culemborg Netherlands B yt

World Family Organization

WFO 1947 Paris France B

World Farmers' Organisation

WFO 2011 Rome Italy C

World Federation for Hospital Sterilisation Sciences

WFHSS 1999 Lucerne Switzerland F y

World Federation for Incontinence and Pelvic Problems

WFIPP 2005 Bari Italy D

World Federation for Medical Education

WFME 1972 Ferney-Voltaire France A y

World Federation for NeuroRehabilitation

WFNR 1996 North Shields UK C

World Federation for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence

WFTOD 2007 New York NY USA E

World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology

WFUMB 1969 London UK C y

World Federation of Acupuncture-Moxibustion Societies

WFAS 1987 Beijing China C y

World Federation of Advertisers

WFA 1953 Brussels Belgium B t

World Federation of Associations of Pediatric Surgeons

WOFAPS 1974 Frankfurt-Main Germany C

World Federation of Athletic Training and Therapy

WFATT 1997 Winnipeg MB Canada D

World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies

WFCMS 2003 Beijing China C y

World Federation of Chiropractic

WFC 1988 Toronto ON Canada B y

World Federation of Critical Care Nurses

WFCCN 2001 Brighton-Le-Sands NSW Australia C

World Federation of Doctors who Respect Human Life

WFDWRHL 1974 Ostend Belgium C

World Federation of Engineering Organizations

WFEO 1968 Paris France A y

World Federation of Hydrotherapy and Climatotherapy

FEMTEC 1947 Milan Italy C y

World Federation of Intensive and Critical Care

WFICC 1981 Brussels Belgium B

World Federation of Interventional and Therapeutic Neuroradiology

WFITN 1990 D v

World Federation of Jewish Holocaust Survivors & Descendants

WFJHS&D 1987 Burlington MA USA E

World Federation of Music Therapy

WFMT 1985 D

World Federation of Neuro-Oncology Societies


World Federation of Neurology

WFN 1931 London UK B y

World Federation of Neuroradiological Societies

WFNRS 1993 Oak Brook IL USA D