The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
The project Perspectives on COVID-19 in Sami communities in Norway addresses several of UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty, reduce inequality and stop climate change.
Indigenous peoples are central to many of the Sustainable Development Goals. In this project, we especially address Goal 3: Good health and well-being and Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities. Goal 3 commits us to ensure good health and promote well-being for everyone, regardless of age, gender, or ethnicity. Good health statistics for all groups, including the Sami population, is a key factor to ensuring equal health services. One of the targets in Goal 3 is to strengthen the capacity for early warning, risk reduction, and management of global and national health risks. Research projects designed by and for the Sami population is an important contribution to achieve this target. This project is an important contribution to fulfil Sustainable Development Goal 3 for the Sami in Norway and for indigenous peoples in Arctic communities. Through increased knowledge from the COVID-19 project, we also contribute to Sustainable Development Goal 10, which includes a target to reduce inequalities between groups.