Sustainable Development Goal 3

Good Health and Well-being

Access to good health and well-being is a human right and the foundation of human prosperity. Although significant progress has been made in improving the health of billions of people since 2000, major hurdles remain — particularly in developing countries, where women and children are most vulnerable. 

UNU’s health-related research untangles the growing social, economic, and environmental complexity that threatens to outpace the ability of governments and communities to manage the well-being of their citizens. Because more than half of the world’s population now reside in cities, we focus on urban health governance to stem the rise of non-communicable disease, respond to the emergence of global pathogens, and diminish the human health tolls of natural disasters. Our work assesses key elements of healthy development to ensure that they are reinforced by health policy.


Obijiofor Aginam


"Good health is a basic human right, regardless of nationality, race, or gender. My research at UNU focuses on improving global health governance — both at the institutional and process levels — to ensure health systems leave no one behind, especially in developing countries."

Soumaya Ben Dhaou


"Digital tech increases health and education access and boosts economies. I want to guide governance to ensure the inclusion of emerging technologies."

Jose Siri


"More than ever before, the cities we live in directly determine our health, well-being, and prosperity. My work at UNU focuses on understanding and addressing urban complexity to improve health, increase equity, and design, build, and manage healthier, more sustainable cities."


Managing Water-Related Health Risks

Millions of people around the world are negatively affected by lack of access to clean water and proper sanitation and hygiene — especially during humanitarian crises. This project aims to support policymaking to build more resilient healthcare systems.

Planetary Change and Sustainable Urban Health

Cities offer new challenges and opportunities, but their growing complexity threatens to outpace the ability of governments to manage the well-being of their citizens. This project aims to increase our understanding of complex urban problems and influence policy to improve the health of cities worldwide.

Governance for Health in Developing Countries

As populations of the world’s cities continue to rise, so too do the health challenges of urbanisation. This project focuses on strengthening urban health and well-being for all city dwellers through improved governance.