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Denmark’s new UNESCO strategy now available in English


The new national strategy for UNESCO activities in Denmark outlines plans to strengthen the relevance, impact and visibility of UNESCO-activities in Denmark through four transversal priorities and ten action areas.

Autumn 2014 saw the Danish Minister for Education, Ms. Christine Antorini, launch a new national strategy for UNESCO-related work in Denmark spanning the years 2014-2017. The overall objective of the strategy is to strengthen the relevance, impact and visibility of UNESCO-activities in Denmark by focusing on four transversal priorities and ten action areas. The four priorities are considered especially relevant to the opportunities and challenges facing the world today:

  • Learning for global citizenship and sustainable development
  • Conserving and transmitting natural heritage and cultural heritage for sustainable development
  • The mobilisation of science for innovation and sustainable development
  • The strengthening of human rights, gender equality, freedom of expression and free media – nationally and globally.
The ten action points are:
  1. Learning for Global Citizenship;
  2. Education for Sustainable Development;
  3. Learning Cities as a lever for holistic and crosssectoral learning strategies;
  4. Unfolding and optimizing the potential of UNESCO branding of heritage and geoparks for sustainable development;
  5. Strengthening the inspiration from and synergy between UNESCO’s cultural conventions;
  6. UNESCO science prizes and quality of science education;
  7. The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and the candidacy of Denmark to its Executive Council;
  8. Freedom of expression, free media and safety of journalists;
  9. The International Programme for the Development of Communication and the efforts of Denmark as member of its Council and Bureau;
  10. Access to information, digital participation and privacy

The Danish National Commission for UNESCO will adopt the four priorities and ten action areas in their work in the coming years and all areas will be pursued through outreach to relevant authorities, institutions, civil society and NGO’s.

Stronger focus

As a member of the UNESCO Executive Board until 2013, Denmark worked actively to strengthen reform and results orientation by focusing and prioritising the work of UNESCO more strongly. Also in the years ahead, Denmark will act as a constructive partner for reform of UNESCO and support the organisation’s effort and leading role in relation to ensuring relevance and quality in education and learning for all. This includes strengthening the link between science, politics, innovation and sustainable development; conserving, transmitting and mobilising natural and cultural heritage for inclusion, gender equality and diversity as well as the global role of UNESCO for freedom of expression, free media and the safety of journalists.