Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.

Goal 9 is about establishing, as far as possible, reliable, sustainable and robust infrastructure that can ensure the framework for inclusive and sustainable industrialization. Small and medium-sized enterprises must have access to financial services, so that entrepreneurship and innovation have the best conditions, and everyone must have access to information and communication technology.

For The Government of Greenland it is important to work for an infrastructure that can promote general growth in society, and thus contribute to a multi-faceted business structure that provides space for innovative ideas and new business opportunities.

It is important in this country, as well as worldwide, to ensure sustainable infrastructure and industry. This means that the current and future plants and industries must be designed more efficiently and energy-efficiently. Unfortunately, the Greenlandic infrastructure is largely defined by historical decisions, and to a lesser extent by the challenges of the present and the future.

The Government of Greenland has therefore prioritized the establishment of new airports, which will make the infrastructure more cohesive and supports future development potentials. A better and cheaper infrastructure can help increase productivity and competitiveness. In addition, in some cases it can also help pave the way for new business opportunities, especially in the field of tourism and the raw materials area.

In recent years, with the establishment of new submarine cables, there has been a significant improvement in the telecommunications infrastructure in Greenland. The Global Goals aim to offer affordable internet access by 2030. Over 99% of the population in Greenland live in housing with access to telecommunications (mobile telephony and internet), of which 92% have access to high-speed internet. 88% of the population has access to the Internet at home, while a further 4% of the population has access to the Internet elsewhere.

A functioning and resilient infrastructure is the foundation of every successful community. To meet future challenges, our industries and infrastructure must be upgraded. For this, we need to promote innovative sustainable technologies and ensure equal and universal access to information and financial markets. This will bring prosperity, create jobs and make sure that we build stable and prosperous societies across the globe.


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.

Volume of goods by shipping way (1,000 Cubic metre)
Source: Grønlands Statistik

  1. To Greenland
  2. From Greenland

Global indicator (9.1.2) Passenger and freight volumes, by mode of transport

Employment in industry (Compensation of industry employees as proportion of total employment)
Source: Grønlands Statistik

  1. Grønland
  2. Gennemsnit for de øvrige nordiske lande (Danmark, Finland, Åland, Island, Norge og Sverige)

Global indicator (9.2.2) Manufacturing employment as a proportion of total employment


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 eight targets to create action to build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.

Target 9.1 – Develop Sustainable, Resilient and Inclusive Infrastructures

Develop quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, including regional and transborder infrastructure, to support economic development and human well-being, with a focus on affordable and equitable access for all.

Target 9.2 – Promote Inclusive and Sustainable Industrialization

Promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and, by 2030, significantly raise industry’s share of employment and gross domestic product, in line with national circumstances, and double its share in least developed countries.

Target 9.3 – Increase Access to Financial Services and Markets

Increase the access of small-scale industrial and other enterprises, in particular in developing countries, to financial services, including affordable credit, and their integration into value chains and markets.

Target 9.4 – Upgrade All Industries and Infrastructures for Sustainability

By 2030, upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes, with all countries taking action in accordance with their respective capabilities.

Target 9.5 – Enhance Research and Upgrade Industrial Technologies

Enhance scientific research, upgrade the technological capabilities of industrial sectors in all countries, in particular developing countries, including, by 2030, encouraging innovation and substantially increasing the number of research and development workers per 1 million people and public and private research and development spending.

Target 9.a – Facilitate Sustainable Infrastructure Development for Developing Countries

Facilitate sustainable and resilient infrastructure development in developing countries through enhanced financial, technological and technical support to African countries, least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing States.

Target 9.b – Support Domestic Technology Development and Industrial Diversification

Support domestic technology development, research and innovation in developing countries, including by ensuring a conducive policy environment for, inter alia, industrial diversification and value addition to commodities.

Target 9.c – Universal Access to Information and Communications Technology

Significantly increase access to information and communications technology and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet in least developed countries by 2020.