A new, ambitious, sustainable development agenda was adopted on the occasion of the UN Sustainable Development Summit 2015 which took place in New York, USA, on 25–27 September 2015. The new agenda, ‘Transforming Our World: 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’, consists of a Declaration, 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets. It integrates all three dimensions of sustainable development (economic, social and environmental) around people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnership. It recognizes that so many of the development goals impact one another and are interrelated and interdependent.
Health has a central place as a major contributor and beneficiary of sustainable development policies. Almost every one of the 17 new goals is directly related to the health of the world’s people or will contribute to health indirectly. The specific health targets are no longer focused just on saving lives in poor countries, but in creating healthier societies and promoting wellbeing for everyone worldwide. See the health-related Sustainable Development Goals targets on the WHO website: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/events/meetings/2015/un-sustainable-development-summit/en/. WSMI notes in particular Goal 3 which is ‘to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages’, to which WSMI is committed to contribute through our specialized expertise in self-care and responsible self-medication.