On June 16 2014 the Minister for Trade and Development launched “A Shared Agenda – Denmark’s Action Plan for Policy Coherence for Development”.
The Danish Government is committed to fighting poverty and promoting human rights, democracy, sustainable growth, peace and security. But development cooperation alone cannot fulfil these objectives. Policy choices in other policy areas also have a great impact on developing countries – for good and bad. Denmark’s Action Plan for Policy Coherence for Development is the realisation of Denmark’s commitments to policy coherence for development.
The objectives of the Action Plan are to foster positive synergies between other policy areas and development policy, as well as to address possible negative effects of other policy areas on developing countries and sustainable development.
The Danish approach is strategic, structured and focused on EU policies, as the EU has far greater impact on developing countries and global development than national policies. The Action Plan identifies three priority areas for Denmark’s engagement for the coming years based on clear political objectives:
1. Trade and Finance- EU’s free trade agreements shall lead to greater economic inclusion of least developed countries. - The EU shall be at the forefront of fighting tax fraud and tax evasion.
2. Food Security and Climate Change- EU-policies shall contribute to global food security. - The EU shall take a lead role in promoting green transition and curbing climate change.
3. Peace and Security- The EU shall apply coherent approaches to conflicts and stabilization.
Promoting policy coherence for development requires a strong engagement and ownership from actors who don’t necessarily deal with development policy issues. Denmark’s approach builds on close cooperation between Danish ministries and agencies as well as on dialogue with Denmark’s Parliament, civil society organisations, research institutions, the EU and the OECD. In this way, Denmark will promote a shared agenda for coherent policies that support global growth and development for the benefit of all.
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