About the United Nations (UN) 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s)

In 2015, 193 heads of states voted to implement the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) by 2030.

As blueprints to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all, the SDG’s address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. The goals interconnect in order to leave no one behind.

SDG #3 “Good health & Well-being” promotes healthy lives and well-being for all, at all ages, which is completely aligned with the mission of many of the Global Wellness Institute Initiatives.

The gap between LIFE expectancy and HEALTH expectancy is widening, with millions spending their last 10 years in sickness. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD’s), such as heart or respiratory diseases, cancer, stroke and diabetes, claim the lives of about 32 million people each year; that’s about one person dying prematurely from chronic illnesses (or lifestyle disease) every 0.9 seconds. The probability of dying from these causes was about 18 percent in 2016 for people between 30 and 70 years of age. As an example, in 2016, household and outdoor air pollution led to some 7 million deaths worldwide.

Globally, almost 12 percent of the world’s population (over 800 million people) spent at least one-tenth of their household budgets to pay for health services in 2010, up from 9.7 percent in 2000.

As spa/wellness/fitness/hospitality professionals, it is our duty to support preventative actions for our guests, associates and local communities.

The Supporting UN 17 SDG’s Initiative of the GWI will provide useful information for the other GWI Initiatives and for spa/wellness/fitness/hospitality professionals who want to contribute through (in) their company and/or in their city to the global efforts of helping people live richer, fuller and longer lives.


About United Nations Global Sustainable Index Institute (UNGSII)

In 2017, the United Nations Global Sustainable Index Institute (UNGSII) was established.

In cooperation with World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UNSDSN), United Nations Office for Project Services  (UNOPS), United Nations of International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), and other SDG-related Excellence Partners, UNGSII is supporting 25 leading cities and five indigenous communities selected from across all continents to prove that full SDG implementation by 2025 is possible.

READ the second edition of “SDG 25+5 Cities – Leadership Platform” and learn about the concrete actions that are currently being implemented in 25 cities that will become lighthouses to inspire hundreds of others before 2030.


About the Global Wellness Institute Initiative: Supporting UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s)

The Supporting UN 17 SDG’s Initiative will:

  • Provide updates on the progress of the 25+5 Cities program, so that GWI Initiative chairs are kept abreast of opportunities to help teams in cities implement the third SDG or encourage other cities to join efforts with at least one of the UN 17 SDG’s.
  • Create a resource list to identify contacts within World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UNSDSN), United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), United Nations of International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), and other SDG-related Excellence Partners.
  • Report from the main events organized by UNGSII at SDG Champions Conference (Espoo – Finland, June 6–8, 2019) and at the World Economic Forum (Davos – Switzerland, January 21–24, 2020)


Jean-Guy de Gabriac

Initiative Chair

Jean-Guy de Gabriac, CEO, TIP TOUCH International, Belgium
Jean-Guy de Gabriac, CEO of TIP TOUCH International since 2004, is an award-winning advisor and educator focused on guest experience through elevating the skills and engagement of associates in the spa, wellness, and hospitality industry. Jean-Guy is the founder of World Wellness Weekend, celebrated in 88 countries in 2018 with 50 supporting organizations (including the United Nations Global Sustainability Index Institute (UNGSII) and the European Commission). He also serves as conference producer of the World Spa & Wellness Convention London, past-chair of the GWI’s Global Mentorship Program (2014–2018), and board member of the International Massage Association.


Gareth Presch

Gareth Presch

Vice Chair

Gareth Presch,CEO & Founder, World Health Innovation Summit, Expert SDG 3 Good Health and Wellbeing UNGSII, Ireland
In 2015, Gareth Presch founded the World Health Innovation Summit to empower people and communities to improve their health and wellbeing. With an international career in healthcare systems, he identified that people in the community would be better supported if they had more access to holistic solutions in their locality. He is the expert on SDG 3 Good Health and Wellbeing for UNGSII. His role is to support the SDG 25 +5 leadership platform to implement the UN’s sustainable development goals by 2030. He is also a leadership fellow at St George’s House, Windsor Castle.

Initiative Members