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Denmark increases its contribution to UN Environment in 2019

14.03.2019  14:10
It is a priority for the Danish government to ensure an effective international environmental cooperation. UN assesses that especially on the environmental part of the Sustainable Development Goals there is a lack of progress. Therefore, the Danish government has chosen to increase its contribution to UN Environment in 2019.

Denmark has long had a good working relationship with UN Environment, and with the appointment of Inger Andersen as executive director for UN Environment, there is confidence in that UN Environment will create even better results in future. She has been Director General for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) since 2015 and has more than 30 years of experience in development economics and sustainable environment and has the ability to create effective results.

The Danish minister for Development Cooperation Ulla Tørnæs says:

“It is with great pleasure that we increase the Danish contribution to UN Environment to 30 million Danish kroner in 2019. Denmark supports the promotion of sustainable initiatives in the developing countries and, not least, the Sustainable Development Goals. There is a lot of focus on the fight against climate change, which is crucial, but we must not forget the other environmental issues. Therefore, we now want to give an additional contribution to UN Environment. With Inger Andersen as executive director I am sure that the cooperation with UN Environment will develop even more positively in the coming years.”

The Danish minister for Environment and Food Jakob Ellemann-Jensen is currently participating in the UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi, where he focuses on the need for global solutions:

“It is crucial that we have a strong international environmental program that can help us solve global environmental problems and protect nature. We are in Nairobi to fight for less deforestation, less plastic in our oceans, safe handling of chemicals and generally more sustainable consumption and production patterns. When the UN member states agree on new initiatives, it is often UN Environment that plays the leading role in the execution. Therefore, it makes good sense to strengthen UN Environment,” says Jakob Ellemann-Jensen.