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Strong multilateral cooperation and a focus on human rights

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The new UN City in Copenhagen, which will be opened on 4 July 2013, is yet another visible symbol of the Danish commitment to strengthening international cooperation and effectiveness.
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The Government wishes to strengthen multilateral cooperation. Therefore, a cross-cutting multilateral analysis was undertaken for the first time in 2011-2012 with a view to evaluate the relevance of the individual multilateral organisations’ work in relation to Danish development policy priorities. The analysis, which was repeated in 2012/2013, will be used as the basis for prioritising the contributions to these organisations, and it will also form the basis for strengthened dialogue with them. The new UN City in Copenhagen, which will be officially opened on 4 July 2013, is yet another visible symbol of the Danish commitment to strengthening multilateral cooperation and effectiveness.

In 2012, President Obama launched the partnership “Equal Futures” in connection with the UN General Assembly in New York. The purpose of the initiative is to remove the barriers that exist for women, both in relation to participation in politics and in relation to improving their economic empowerment, and Denmark contributed with Danish experience, for example with regard to improving the gender balance in companies and on boards, but also with regard to ethnic minorities and the prevention of violence against women.

As yet another expression of the strong Danish focus on women, gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and rights, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary became a member of the ”High-Level Task Force for the International Conference on Population and Development” in the autumn of 2012. In the coming years, the panel is to contribute to ensure the global fight against maternal mortality, the promotion of women’s reproductive health and rights and access to family planning.

Denmark also directed focus on the right to education. Education is an important part of the foundation for sustainable development and a decisive factor in the fight against poverty. Denmark increased, therefore, its contribution to The Global Partnership for Education, which focuses on, among other things, vulnerable children in conflict-affected and fragile states, equal access for girls and boys to quality education, increased learning, and more and better trained teachers.

In addition, in September the Prime Minister accepted the UN Secretary-General’s invitation to become one of ten global advocates, Education Champions, for quality education for all children in the world. In this way, the Prime Minister contributed to realising a difficult international agenda through, among other things, her advocacy work.

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