The Danish Government hereby presents its priorities for the Danish development cooperation for the years 2013-2017. With this prioritisation of the development cooperation budget, the implementation of the new strategy for Denmark’s development cooperation, The Right to a Better Life (2012), is initiated.
The overall message from the new strategy for Denmark’s development cooperation is that poverty must be fought with human rights and economic growth. Four strategic priority areas will be given special attention: Human rights and democracy, green growth, social progress and stability and protection.
The Government will apply a human rights based approach to development. Human rights are the fundamental value in Denmark’s partnerships and the Government will work to promote all human rights – be they economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights. There will be a particular focus on women’s rights and equal access to resources and opportunities. The use of budget support will be enhanced and the support to multilateral organisations and civil society organisations will be strengthened.
In 2013, the Government will initiate a number of concrete activities within the four strategic priority areas. Among others, about DKK 2 billion will be allocated to bilateral programmes within the areas of growth and employment, agriculture and business as well as water, environment and energy resources. The Government will maintain the high level of the Climate Envelope and additional resources will be allocated to a follow-up on the Rio+20 conference. Furthermore, about 600 million extra will be allocated to activities in fragile states.
In 2013, the Government will yet again increase its development cooperation budget to DKK 16,045 million. Compared to the level of the development cooperation budget during the former government, this is a significant reinforcement of DKK 600 million in total.
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