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 Services for the Blind

WSB 1947 Little Rock AR USA G

World Shiology Forum

WSF 2017 Beijing China J

World Silambam Association

WSA 1999 Petaling Jaya Malaysia G

World Skate

1924 Lausanne Switzerland C y

World Small Animal Veterinary Association

WSAVA 1959 Dundas ON Canada B y

World Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery


World Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery

WSSFN 1963 Toronto ON Canada B v

World Society of Anti-Aging Medicine

WOSAAM Paris France C

World Society of Emergency Surgery

WSES 2007 Bologna Italy C

World Society of Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus

WSPOS Dublin Ireland C y

World Society of Pain Clinicians

WSPC Breda Netherlands D

World Society of Pediatric Infectious Diseases

WSPID 1994 Stellenbosch South Africa B y

World Spine Care

WSC 2008 Toronto ON Canada C

World Squash Federation

WSF 1966 Hastings UK B y

world stainless association

worldstainless 1995 Brussels Belgium F y

World Steel Association

worldsteel 1967 Brussels Belgium C t

World Stroke Organization

WSO 2006 Geneva Switzerland C y

World Sugar Research Organisation

WSRO 1978 Cambridge UK C

World Summit on Media for Children Foundation

WSMCF 1999 Fitzroy VIC Australia F f

World Summit on Pediatrics

WSP 2015 S c

World T'ai Chi and QiGong Association

WTCQA 1998 Overland Park KS USA N

World Taekwondo

1973 Seoul Korea Rep B

World Toilet Association

WTA 2007 Suwon Korea Rep D

World Toilet Organization

WTO 2001 Singapore Singapore D

World Trade Organization

WTO 1995 Geneva Switzerland B gt

World Union of Tissue Banking Associations

WUTBA 2005 Hannover Germany C y

World Union of Wound Healing Societies

WUWHS 2000 Turin Italy C

World Urban Parks

2015 Edmonton AB Canada C

World Uro Oncology Federation

WUOF 2005 Toronto ON Canada C y

World Values Survey Association

WVSA 1981 Vienna Austria C

World Veterinary Association

WVA 1959 Brussels Belgium A y

World Villages for Children

1964 London UK N

World Vision International

WVI 1950 London UK B

World Water Council

WWC 1996 Marseille France C y

World Welfare Association

WWA 1991 Mananwala Pakistan G

World Wellness Weekend

WWW 2017 J

World Wide Hearing

WWHearing 2003 Montréal QC Canada E

World Wood Day Foundation

WWDF 2013 F f

World Young Women's Christian Association

World YWCA 1855 Le Grand-Saconnex Switzerland B

World's Children

1965 Corvallis OR USA N


1975 Bayan Lepas Malaysia E


2004 Amsterdam Netherlands G


Seoul Korea Rep G

WorldWide Antimalarial Resistance Network

WWARN 2008 Oxford UK C

Worldwide Cancer Research

1979 Edinburgh UK N

Worldwide Collaborations on Autism Needs

WeCAN Singapore Singapore N

Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance

WHPCA 2008 London UK C y

Worldwide Life Quality Enhancement Association

Martigny Switzerland G

Worldwide Network for Blood and Marrow Transplantation

WBMT 2007 Liebefeld Switzerland E y

Worldwide Support for Development

WSD Tokyo Japan G