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Continued focus on sustainable development and green growth

Danmark var vært for Global Green Growth Forum i oktober 2012
Denmark hosted the Global Green Growth Forum in October 2012.
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There was an increased focus on sustainable development in 2012 with major international events such as the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio in June (Rio+20), where Denmark, in the capacity of the EU Presidency, led the negotiations. Denmark was also actively involved in the UN Secretary-General’s initiative on Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) and is a member of the advisory board.

As a part of the overall implementation of Denmark’s contribution to international climate financing, the Government took the initiative of establishing the Climate Investment Fund. The purpose of the fund is to mobilise public and private capital for climate-related investments in developing countries while simultaneously opening up for the possibility of exploiting Denmark’s strongholds within the fields of climate, energy and environmental technology and know-how. The fund is administered by the Investment Fund for Developing Countries (IFU). An increased focus on taking advantage of Denmark’s green positions was sharpened even more in Danida Business Instruments.

Denmark continued the partnerships on green growth with South Korea and Mexico, and together with those countries and three new partner countries – China, Kenya and Qatar – Denmark co-hosted the Global Green Growth Forum in October 2012. Each year this high-level forum gathers together private and public stakeholders, think-tanks and organisations in an innovative and dynamic platform with the aim of promoting the transition to a greener global economy through the formation of global alliances as well as through developing, accelerating and scaling up public-private partnerships for green growth. The forum was a great success, and it resulted in, among other things, the launching of two new partnerships on energy efficiency. The transition to a green economy is also an absolutely key element for 3GF’s close cooperation partner, the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), which was established in 2012 as an international organisation, and where former Prime Minister and Chairman of the Danish Liberal Party (Venstre) Lars Løkke Rasmussen was appointed chairman.

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