Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

In order to increase the workforce, young people outside education need employment. Economic productivity must help maintain annual economic growth per capita and the rights and safety of workers must be enforced. Resource efficiency must be increased so that economic growth does not take place at the expense of environmental degradation, and policies must help to promote sustainable tourism.

The Government of Greenland has the ambition that Greenland should gradually become more economically self-sustaining and in the long term make itself independent of the block grant from Denmark.

The welfare and prosperity of the future must take place through increased growth and employment in the private sector. And it must happen not only in one sector, but in several. Together with increased productivity in the public sector, our society will thus become less vulnerable to significant fluctuations in the primary source of income - namely the export of maritime products.

The Government of Greenland therefore has a special focus on the new sectors that will bring more growth to our society in the future. It is one thing to create growth - it is another to support the unemployed so that they can find employment. For the same reason, the focus is also on improving employment efforts. The economic challenges in this country are closely linked to the status of the labor market. Youth unemployment, level of education, challenging infrastructure and mobility all have an impact on Greenland's economic sustainability.

Economic growth should be a positive force for the whole planet. This is why we must make sure that financial progress creates decent and fulfilling jobs while not harming the environment. We must protect labour rights and once and for all put a stop to modern slavery and child labour. If we promote job creation with expanded access to banking and financial services, we can make sure that everybody gets the benefits of entrepreneurship and innovation.


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 with various available statistics relevant to the work on the SDG 2030 agenda.

Unemployment rate by sex and age (%)
Source: Grønlands Statistik

  1. Men
  2. Women

Global indicator (8.5.2) Unemployment rate, by sex, age and persons with disabilities

Growth rate of real GDP per capita (2010-prices, chained values)
Source: Grønlands Statistik

3,2 %

Global indicator (8.1.1) Annual growth rate of real GDP per capita.


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The Targets

Everyone can help to make sure that we meet the Global Goals. Use these twelve targets to create action to ensure decent work and sustainable economic growth.

Target 8.1 – Sustainable Economic Growth

Sustain per capita economic growth in accordance with national circumstances and, in particular, at least 7 per cent gross domestic product growth per annum in the least developed countries.

Target 8.2 – Diversify, Innovate and Upgrade for Economic Productivity

Achieve higher levels of economic productivity through diversification, technological upgrading and innovation, including through a focus on high-value added and labour-intensive sectors.

Target 8.3 – Promote Policies to Support Job Creation and Growing Enterprises

Promote development-oriented policies that support productive activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and encourage the formalization and growth of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises, including through access to financial services.

Target 8.4 – Improve Resource Efficiency in Consumption and Production

Improve progressively, through 2030, global resource efficiency in consumption and production and endeavour to decouple economic growth from environmental degradation, in accordance with the 10‑Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production, with developed countries taking the lead.

Target 8.5 – Full Employment and Decent Work with Equal Pay

By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value.

Target 8.6 – Promote Youth Employment, Education and Training

By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training.

Target 8.7 – End Modern Slavery, Trafficking and Child Labour

Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms.

Target 8.8 – Protect Labour Rights and Promote Safe Working Environments

Protect labour rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all workers, including migrant workers, in particular women migrants, and those in precarious employment.

Target 8.9 – Promote Beneficial and Sustainable Tourism

By 2030, devise and implement policies to promote sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products.

Target 8.10 – Universal Access to Banking, Insurance and Financial Services

Strengthen the capacity of domestic financial institutions to encourage and expand access to banking, insurance and financial services for all.

Target 8.a – Increase Aid for Trade Support

Increase Aid for Trade support for developing countries, in particular least developed countries, including through the Enhanced Integrated Framework for Trade-related Technical Assistance to Least Developed Countries.

Target 8.b – Develop a Global Youth Employment Strategy

By 2020, develop and operationalize a global strategy for youth employment and implement the Global Jobs Pact of the International Labour Organization.