Denmark Partners with World Economic Forum in Pursuit of Innovative SDG Strategies

25 Jan 2018

Oliver Cann, Public Engagement, World Economic Forum: Tel.: +41 (0)79 799 3405; Email:

· Denmark becomes the first European country to enter into a partnership with the World Economic Forum

· Agreement is a framework covering a number of areas, including green growth, technology and innovation, trade and investment, and education, gender and work

· The 48th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting is taking place on 23-26 January in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, under the theme Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World

· For more information,

Davos, Switzerland, 25 January 2018 The Government of Denmark and the World Economic Forum today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to pursue a partnership aimed at improving the state of the world through public-private cooperation.

The agreement will see Denmark, which in 2017 became the first country to appoint a technology ambassador, deepen collaboration in a number of areas where the Forum is active. These include:

· Facilitating public-private partnerships that promote green growth

· Developing a technology and innovation partnership between the Government of Denmark and the Forum’s Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in San Francisco, USA

· Working together to promote global implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

· Supporting the mobilization of private capital for infrastructure through the Forum-led initiative, Sustainable Development Investment Partnership

· Supporting trade and investment through the work of the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation, a multi-stakeholder initiative aimed at removing bottlenecks to trade in emerging and developing economies

· Working actively to pursue successful implementation of the Forum’s System Initiative on Education, Gender and Work

· Under the terms of the MoU, Denmark’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs will second a senior adviser to the Forum’s offices in New York City

"Denmark has an ambitious agenda to promote public-private partnerships and has a lot to offer in terms of creating societies that are ready for the future in terms of sustainable growth, social cohesion and technological skills. We are delighted to team up with the World Economic Forum ‎in order create concrete progress on these agendaes. To create better lives for more people and solve the urgent climate crisis‎ we must build bridges across sectors, borders and old divisions," said Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark

“As well as representing a clear moral imperative, the Sustainable Development Goals also present undeniable market opportunities for responsible businesses. By joining forces with the Government of Denmark, this agreement provides a framework for cooperation that could lead to improvements in the quality of people’s lives in the near and long term, as we work to build resilient, inclusive and human-centric economies for the future,” said Borge Brende, President, Member of the Managing Board, World Economic Forum.

The World Economic Forum’s 48th Annual Meeting is taking place on 23-26 January 2018 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. More than 3,000 leaders from around the world are gathering in a collaborative effort to shape the global, regional and industry agendas, with a commitment to improve the state of the world.

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