GOAL 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
SDG Progress and Industry Notes
The 2018 Report of the Secretary-General on Progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals, notes that much progress has been made but “far too many people die prematurely and preventable diseases still take away many people’s lives. Correcting this requires concerted efforts, focusing on the demographic and regions that have been left behind.”
In 2017, the HLPF Thematic Review of SDG3 concluded: “Goal 3 seeks to ensure health and well-being for all, at all ages; and in all settings, including humanitarian and fragile. The Goal addresses all major health priorities, including sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health, communicable, non-communicable and environmental diseases, universal health coverage and access for all to safe, effective, quality and affordable medicines and vaccines. It also calls for more research and development, increased and diversified health financing, enhanced health workforce and strengthened capacity of all countries in health risk reduction and management. Universal health coverage (UHC) acts as key driver for achieving all targets…Like all the SDGs, Goal 3 is interwoven throughout the 2030 Agenda, with its targets directly linking to targets in other goals…In addition, health employment plays a critical role in eradicating poverty (SDG 1), achieving better health equity (SDG3) and promoting decent work and economic growth (SDG 8).”
It is noteworthy that Foundation Center’s sdgfunders.org, which tracks philanthropic investments by SDGs and region, shows SDG 3 and SDG 4 topping the list of foundation expenditures for 2016.
From an Apparel and Textile Industry perspective, the occupational health and wellbeing of employees within the workplace and at the farm level and agriculture is a priority as well as the impacts of manufacturing on the surrounding environment. Occupational health and safety measures and health services for employees is an important part of SDG 3 and SDG 8 (decent work). Additionally, SDG 3 comes into play with the health and wellbeing of consumers use of apparel and home textiles. To learn more, see Apparel and Industry Initiatives listed under SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production).