SDG3 "Good Health and Well-Being": Creating a Foundation for Providing Safety and Peace of Mind
4th February, 2021
The UN has adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals designed to promote prosperity while also protecting the environment. The third of these goals is "Good Health and Well-Being." Mitsubishi Electric has invested heavily to achieve this goal through its innovations in automation and traffic infrastructure.
The Key to Prosperity and Sustainability
Eliminating malaria, tuberculosis, and AIDS; reducing maternal and neonatal mortality rates; supporting vaccine development; and reducing deaths and injuries due to road traffic accidents: these are just some of the targets included in SDG3, the third of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. What do these targets have in common? The answer: they all contribute towards creating a foundation for physical, mental, and social well-being for people of all ages and nationalities. Only after establishing such a foundation can a society become both prosperous and sustainable.
However, as of 2017, half the world’s population was not receiving even minimal medical care. In 2018, 6.2 million children under the age of 15 died from causes that could have been prevented with basic medical treatment. Most of these children were infants who had not even reached the age of 5.
Road traffic accidents also continue to be a major cause of death. According to the World Health Organization, 13.5 million people around the world die from such accidents every year, making them the eighth leading cause of death. However, among children and adults aged 29 or younger, they are actually the leading cause.
Providing Safety and Security
Mitsubishi Electric is helping to achieve SDG3 through innovative infrastructure development and urban development projects designed to provide safety, peace of mind, and comfort.
One example is the state-of-the-art autonomous car system the company is developing to reduce traffic accidents. Combining the autonomous driving and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication technologies developed by its affiliates, Mitsubishi Electric is aiming to produce an automated driving system that is both safe and precise.
The company is also involved in developing technologies that will contribute to the reduction of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals, as well as from pollution and contamination in the air, water, and soil — another SDG3 target. For example, Mitsubishi Electric is actively working on technologies designed to create cars more fuel-efficient or electric vehicles, and innovations that will make factories much more energy efficient. Such technologies will greatly help to reduce the emission of hazardous chemicals and carbon dioxide.
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