SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being

Good health is central to human happiness and well-being. Health is also instrumental to poverty reduction because healthy populations live longer and are more productive. The law is a powerful tool for implementing SDG 3 and advancing global health. Laws are essential to design or improve a health coverage scheme that is truly universal. Yet, the role of the law and lawyers in advancing good health and well-being is still underestimated or poorly understood. This Legal Guide to SDG 3 will assist legal professionals in understanding their role and key actions they can take to advance SDG 3.

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Top three actions lawyers can take

Legal professionals can strengthen their understanding of the legal factors that impact health, and in particular, focus on understanding universal health coverage.

Legal professionals can examine how their own practice intersects with public health and well-being and can seek to use their expertise to enhance positive outcomes in the pursuit of SDG 3.

Law firms and individual lawyers can also contribute to the implementation of SDG 3 by providing pro bono legal services to governmental and non-governmental organisations dedicated to improving healthy lives and human well-being.

The right to health, recognised as a human right by numerous legal instruments, should serve as a compass for health-related legal reforms to ensure that ‘no one is left behind’ when it comes to access to quality healthcare services and medicines.