The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health takes part in shaping Finland's UN policy with respect to social, health and gender equality affairs.
The Ministry is involved in the work of different UN organs, particularly the Commission for Social Development, Commission on the Status of Women and the Commission on Narcotic Drugs. It carries out and monitors the implementation of UN agreements, programmes and recommendations in Finland, and presents statements to the UN, its specialised agencies and organisations.
Finland's objective in the UN is to promote human rights and people's inclusion and participation in society. The most important matters from Finland's perspective that guarantee involvement in decision-making in society are social inclusion, health, equality and education.
In September 2015, UN member states adopted the UN Agenda for Sustainable Development, Agenda 2030, to promote sustainable development by the year 2030. Each one of the objectives set in the Agenda 2030 touches in one way or another on the administrative sector of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.