On September 13 the Danish Government launched a new policy for “Denmark’s integrated stabilisation engagement in fragile and conflict-affected areas of the world”. Download the new policy below.
ReCom Results meeting ‘Aid for Gender Equality’
Monday, 16 December 2013
8.30-17:00 Eigtveds Pakhus, Asiatisk Plads 2 G, 1448 Copenhagen
Minister for Development Cooperation, Christian Friis Bach, has today in light of the UN assessment of the magnitude of the catastrophe and in light of the pressing need for urgent assistance, decided to increase the Danish contribution to the victims of the disaster from the 10 million Danish Kroner that were announced Saturday to 30 million Danish Kroner in all (about 5.5 million US Dollars) to the international organisations that provide humanitarian assistance to the Philippines. The total Danish contribution to the relief efforts in the Philippines thereby reaches 42.5 million Danish Kroner (7.8 million US dollars).
Last Friday, one of the strongest typhoons ever ravaged the Philippines, affecting the lives of 4.3 million people. As an initial rapid response, Denmark has allocated DKK 10 million for emergency aid in the hardest hit areas.
The Danish government launched ‘Opportunity Africa’ the 21st of October – a Danish political initiative that combine traditional foreign policy, development co-operation as well as trade and investment.
Denmark has decided to commit DKK 25 million in 2013 to support the police and justice sectors in opposition-controlled areas.
The Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs has appointed a Danish Special Envoy to the Syrian opposition. Bringing to the job considerable experience from the region, Mr. Ivan Nielsen will be tasked with further strengthening Danish relations to the Syrian Opposition Coalition.
On Friday the 27th of September UN’s Security Council adopted resolution 2118 with the aim of enforcing the disarmament of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal. The resolution was passed shortly after the Executive Council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) had adopted a resolution formalizing the special conditions that will apply to the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons. Personnel from OPCW and UN will shortly be deployed in Syria in order to commence the work.
Under the auspices of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF), Denmark and Burkina Faso are leading work on countering violent extremism (CVE) in West Africa and the Sahel. The two countries will implement two pilot-projects designed to enhance the understanding of as well as raise awareness about the drivers of violent extremism in Burkina Faso and the region. As part of this effort, frontline law enforcement officials will receive training on building trust with local communities in order to identify and prevent violent extremism.
Conventional arms control in Europe today is in need of modernization.
A strategic framework for Danish support to Development Research, 2014-2018 has been drafted for public consultations during the period of 25 September 2013 to 29 November 2013.
Denmark has decided to support the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) with a 2 mil. DKK contribution (approx. US$ 362.000). OPCW will play a key role in the efforts of the international community to identify and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons. OPCW is the implementing body of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). Following Syria’s accession to the CWC and the agreement reached between the Russian Federation and the United States on the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons, Syria has committed itself to destroy its chemical weapons arsenal under international supervision. The OPCW Executive Council is expected to take a decision shortly on timing and framework for the international inspection mission. It will then be up to the the UN Security Council to adopt a resolution that supports the process.
New York, NY – September 23, 2013 – Today the Danish government launches a new regional Peace and Stabilisation Programme for the Sahel, covering Mali and other countries in the region. The programme has three pillars: 1) Support for dialogue and reconciliation, 2) Security sector support, and 3) Countering violent extremism and organized crime. The total budget for the 5 year programme is DKK 125 million (approx. 17 million euro).
Al Shabaab has taken the responsibility for the terror attack on 21 September 2013 on the Westgate shopping Centre in Nairobi.
On behalf of the Syrian Opposition Coalition, Denmark transmitted a letter to the UN Security Council. The letter is a reaction to the UN inspectors’ report on the use of chemical weapons in Syria.