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Denmark contributes to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by engaging the private sector in development cooperation. Business and investors have knowledge, technology and capital that can contribute to sustainable development. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs develops and supports partnerships between business, government and civil society, which would otherwise not take place. We cooperate with international organisations and partners to ensure a better framework for growth and employment in developing countries.

SDG 17

The SDGs establish a common global framework for a more sustainable world. In order to meet the goals, cooperation and engagement of businesses and private investors are necessary.  

Companies and investors are increasingly tapping into the market opportunities that the SDGs represent. Businesses and investors can reap financial gains by focusing on sustainability while also gaining access to new markets. Danish companies have special competencies in sectors such as water, energy, food, and health and offers solutions to global challenges. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is working to bring these skills into play.  

Denmark supports the development of markets and promotes sustainable growth both globally and locally. Sustainable growth in  developing countries reduces poverty and creates jobs. The world has the largest youth generation ever – estimated at 1.8 billion young people – of whom more than three out of four live in  developing countries. Towards 2030, 25.6 million young people between the ages of 15 and 29 will be in need of a job.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs promotes well-functioning labour markets through social dialogue. We strengthen workers’ rights and an attractive business climate in dialogue and cooperation with the social partners.

Denmark leads the way internationally. We are a part of international networks and collaborations with a large group of partners, including the financial sector, researchers, business leaders as well as Danish and international organisations such as the UN Global Compact, the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) and the World Economic Forum. Read more about our work in Danish and international networks here.

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



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