Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

Health and well-being refers to a wide range of health professional parameters in both physical and mental health care. It is about maternal and child mortality, infectious and non-infectious diseases, drug treatment, injuries in accidents, diseases due to pollution, as well as sexual and reproductive health services. Health coverage must be ensured for everyone, and research must be encouraged so that technological development is up-to-date.

Greenlanders live on average 8 years shorter than people in the countries we usually compare ourselves with - and far too many of us live in a way where we harm our own health. It is problematic for the individual and it is expensive for society.

Although the infectious diseases are serious, many of our health problems are also very much about lifestyle, and many people in both rich and poor countries today have serious problems with diabetes, lung cancer, drug abuse and alcoholism. The World Goals do not call for a ban on bad habits, but encourages to strengthen the prevention and treatment of drug abuse, including both narcotics and alcohol, and to counter the spread of tobacco smoking.

Expenditure on health care will increase in the coming years due to the demographic changes, and due to the fact that the population on an average is getting older. In order to prevent health expenses from running wild, the Naalakkersuisut will ensure that preventive efforts are initiated in all areas. Naalakkersuisut wants to ensure the good children's life for all children in the country. Therefore, efforts must be made in all areas of children's and young people's lives - the family, school and leisure time.

Globally over the last 15 years, the number of childhood deaths has been cut in half. This proves that it is possible to win the fight against almost every disease. Still, we are spending an astonishing amount of money and resources on treating illnesses that are surprisingly easy to prevent. The new goal for worldwide Good Health promotes healthy lifestyles, preventive measures and modern, efficient healthcare for everyone.


Here are a few indicators for this goal that it is possible to measure today. In the near future, Statistics Greenland will publish an SDG 2030 subpage for stat.gl with various available statistics relevant to the work on the SDG 2030 agenda.

Under 5 years old mortality rate
Source: Grønlands Statistik

  1. Infant mortality

Global indicator (3.2.1) Under‑5 mortality rate.

Tuberculosis incidence per 100.000 population

  1. Greenland
  2. Average for the other Nordic countries (Denmark, Faroe Islands, Åland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden)

Global indicator (3.3.2) Tuberculosis incidence per 100.000 population.

Daily smokers by gender and age 2018 (%)
Source: Befolkningsundersøgelsen i Grønland 2018

  1. Men
  2. Women

Global indicator (3.a.1) Age-standardized prevalence of current tobacco use among persons aged 15 years and older

Suicide mortality rate per 100.000 population
Source: Nordic Statistics (table HEAL05)

  1. Men, Greenland
  2. Women, Greenland
  3. Men, Average for the other Nordic countries (Denmark, Faroe Islands, Finland, Åland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden)
  4. Women, Average for the other Nordic countries (Denmark, Faroe Islands, Finland, Åland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden)

Global indicator (3.4.2) Suicide mortality rate


Every day, people are taking action to make sure this Global Goals is met. See what’s been going on below.

The targets

Everyone can help to make sure that we meet the Global Goals. Use these thirteen targets to create action to promote health and well-being for all.

Target 3.1 – Reduce Maternal Mortality

By 2030, reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births.

Target 3.2 – End All Preventable Deaths Under 5 Years of Age

By 2030, end preventable deaths of newborns and children under 5 years of age, with all countries aiming to reduce neonatal mortality to at least as low as 12 per 1,000 live births and under‑5 mortality to at least as low as 25 per 1,000 live births.

Target 3.3 – Fight Communicable Diseases

By 2030, end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases.

Target 3.4 – Reduce Mortality from Non-Communicable Diseases and Promote Mental Health

By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being.

Target 3.5 – Prevent and Treat Substance Abuse

Strengthen the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, including narcotic drug abuse and harmful use of alcohol.

Target 3.6 – Reduce Road Injuries and Deaths

By 2020, halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents.

Target 3.7 – Universal Access to Sexual and Reproductive Care, Family Planning and Education

By 2030, ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services, including for family planning, information and education, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programmes.

Target 3.8 – Achieve Universal Health Coverage

Achieve universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all.

Target 3.9 – Reduce Illnesses and Death from Hazardous Chemicals and Pollution

By 2030, substantially reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals and air, water and soil pollution and contamination.

Target 3.a – Implement the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

Strengthen the implementation of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in all countries, as appropriate.

Target 3.b – Support Research, Development and Universal Access to Affordable Vaccines and Medicines

Support the research and development of vaccines and medicines for the communicable and non-communicable diseases that primarily affect developing countries, provide access to affordable essential medicines and vaccines, in accordance with the Doha Declaration on the TRIPS Agreement and Public Health, which affirms the right of developing countries to use to the full the provisions in the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights regarding flexibilities to protect public health, and, in particular, provide access to medicines for all.

Target 3.c – Increase Health Financing and Support Health Workforce in Developing Countries

Substantially increase health financing and the recruitment, development, training and retention of the health workforce in developing countries, especially in least developed countries and small island developing States.

Target 3.d – Improve Early Warning Systems for Global Health Risks

Strengthen the capacity of all countries, in particular developing countries, for early warning, risk reduction and management of national and global health risks.