Sustainable Development Goals

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted in 2015 by all Member States of the United Nations. Health and well-being for all at all ages is a goal in itself (Goal 3), but it also affects and contributes to other SDGs. In addition, progress towards other SDGs can directly and indirectly benefit health and well-being. Health 2020, the policy framework for the WHO European Region, incorporates approaches and priorities common to the 2030 Agenda and provides a stepping stone towards achieving the SDGs in the Region.

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WHO highlights key health aspects for SDG implementation at the first Regional Forum on Sustainable Development

Six areas for joint societal action are key to further improving health and well-being and achieving the SDGs: tackling the determinants of health; strengthening health systems towards universal health coverage; increasing health security; focusing on the young without forgetting other age groups; establishing healthy settings and communities; and strengthening health research, innovation, monitoring and evaluation.

Coalition for health and well-being in Europe and central Asia

This coordination mechanism, led by WHO/Europe, supports the achievement of the health goal (Goal 3) and of the health-related targets present in other SDGs.

Read more about the coalition for health and well-being

Voices of the Region

Tom Blackwell, university student, Wales, United Kingdom

Read more about Tom's experience and theme “leaving no one behind”

Q&A – Health and the SDGs

What are the SDGs? What do they aim to achieve? Who is involved? How does health fit in and what is WHO’s role? This Q&A has the answers.

Find answers to questions on health and the SDGs

Infographic – Health in the SDG era

Health and well-being for all at all ages is at the centre of sustainable development; it is a goal in itself, but also contributes to and benefits from progress on other goals.

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How do you support the SDGs?

See in photos how participants at the 66th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe expressed their commitment to achieving the SDGs.

See RC66 participants expressing their support to the SDGs