GOAL 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

  • 3.1 By 2030, reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births
  • 3.2 By 2030, end preventable deaths of newborns and children under 5 years of age, with all countries aiming to reduce neonatal mortality to at least as low as 12 per 1,000 live births and under-5 mortality to at least as low as 25 per 1,000 live births
  • 3.3 By 2030, end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases
  • 3.4 By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well- being
  • 3.5 Strengthen the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, including narcotic drug abuse and harmful use of alcohol
  • 3.6 By 2020, halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents
  • 3.7 By 2030, ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services, including for family planning, information and education, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programmes
  • 3.8 Achieve universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all
  • 3.9 By 2030, substantially reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals and air, water and soil pollution and contamination
  • 3.a Strengthen the implementation of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in all countries, as appropriate
  • 3.b Support the research and development of vaccines and medicines for the communicable and non-communicable diseases that primarily affect developing countries, provide access to affordable essential medicines and vaccines, in accordance with the Doha Declaration on the TRIPS Agreement and Public Health, which affirms the right of developing countries to use to the full the provisions in the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights regarding flexibilities to protect public health, and, in particular, provide access to medicines for all
  • 3.c Substantially increase health financing and the recruitment, development, training and retention of the health workforce in developing countries, especially in least developed countries and small island developing States
  • 3.d Strengthen the capacity of all countries, in particular developing countries, for early warning, risk reduction and management of national and global health risks

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.” 

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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).”

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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.

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Industry Notes

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).

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