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Active participation in international cooperation on sustainable development

Denmark is active in a large number of international fora and institutions working with global environment, energy and climate issues


These three areas affect each other. In relation to institutions such as the EU, the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the international climate talks, we are working in the UNEP (the UN’s climate programme) and the OECD for a changeover to green economy and for results that contribute to safeguarding development that is economically, environmentally and socially sustainable.

This is also the driving force behind our cooperation with international NGOs such as the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and with a number of international research institutions. Denmark participated actively in the preparations for the conference on sustainable development, the Rio+20 Conference, held in June 2012. The title is a reference to the ground-breaking summit that took place 20 years earlier in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, where world leaders focused attention on global challenges in the field of the environment. It was the Danish ambition that the 2012-conference would bring renewed momentum to international cooperation in the environment area. The most important focus for Denmark was energy and green economy within the frames of poverty reduction and sustainable development containing fresh opportunities of promoting concrete cooperation between state actors, the private sector and civil society in making our economies greener thereby securing a greener global world.

Denmark supports a number of international organisations working with environment and climate, links to be found below.


Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark
Asiatisk Plads 2 
DK-1448 Copenhagen K
Tel. +45 33 92 00 00
Fax +45 32 54 05 33