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.
The UN inspectors’ report on the use of chemical weapons in Damascus on 21 August was released today. The report confirms, that the chemical agent sarin was used in the attack. The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today presented the report to the Security Council.
On 14 September the US Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kerry, and the Russian Minister for Foreign affairs, Lavrov, agreed on a framework agreement for the destruction of Syria’s stockpiles of chemical weapons. Søvndal welcomes the agreement.
The leader of the Syrian opposition, Ahmed Al Jarba, expresses gratitude towards the Danish government's humanitarian efforts.
At the G20 meeting in Sankt Petersburg, the US and a number of other G20 member states released a joint statement condemning the chemical attack in Syria and calling for a strong international reaction. Minister for Foreign Affairs, Villy Søvndal, today informed the American ambassador in Denmark, Rufus Gifford, that Denmark will join the US in signing the Joint Statement.
On 2 September Denmark officially announced its contribution of 25 million Danish kroner to the Syria Recovery Trust Fund. Thus, Denmark becomes the first donor to officially contribute to the trust fund following the two founding countries, Germany and The United Arab Emirates.
On 21 August, the UN Security Council convened on the subject at 9 P.M. Danish local time. Members of the Council backed the Secretary-General’s call for a prompt investigation. The members also agreed that any use of chemical weapons by any part in the conflict violates international law. The UN investigation team, which is currently in Syria, initiated discussions with the Syrian regime for access to the area where the latest attack allegedly took place.
The Danish Minister for Development Cooperation, Mr. Christian Friis Bach, has today announced a temporary freeze of two bilateral engagements with Egypt, which involve governmental partners in light of recent worrying event in Egypt.
During a phone meeting today, the Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs Villy Søvndal and US Secretary of State John Kerry addressed a number of present issues regarding foreign policy and security policy. For both Denmark and the US it has been a priority for a long time to discuss the great challenges on the foreign policy agenda, among these the situation in the Middle East and the restart of the peace process.
The Good Humanitarian Donorship Initiative (GHDI) is still increasing global adherence to the 23 GHD principles
The English version of the Annual Report of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 2012 is now available on the Ministry’s website.
The new UN City in Copenhagen will be inaugurated during an official ceremony Thursday July 4, 2013.
Together with Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II and the Prime Minister of Denmark, Ms. Helle Thorning-Schmidt, UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, will attend the inauguration.
On Sunday The Minister for Development Cooperation Christian Friis Bach announced a humanitarian contribution of 100 million DKK to victims of the Syrian conflict. Denmark has so far contributed around 330 million DKK to humanitarian action in and around Syria.
The Women’s Water Fund helps women from developing countries advance their career opportunities in the field of water resources development and management.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs Villy Søvndal met today with the acting President of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, George Sabra, to discuss the possibilities for a peaceful solution to the conflict in Syria.
The Danish Minister for Development Cooperation of Denmark Christian Friis Bach invited colleagues and key stakeholders to a high-level dialogue seminar on priorities for a Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA).
Danida Development Days 2013 in Eigtveds Pakhus in Copenhagen has started. Read more and watch pictures at 'DDD day one'.
The new Climate Technology Centre & Network (CTCN) will be placed in Copenhagen.