Danish Ambassador Talks Global Green Forum

Ambassador Tomas Anker Christensen, Under Secretary at the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, visits China to meet with Chinese officials and business leaders to promote the initiative Global Green Growth Forum.  

As part of Denmark’s strong commitment in the support of green growth Under Secretary for Global Challenges from the Danish Foreign Ministry, Ambassador Tomas Anker Christensen, visits China to meet with several Chinese business leaders from global Chinese trendsetting companies in the area of transportation and energy and Chinese authorities.

The aim of the visit to China is to promote the Global Green Growth Forum – an initiative started by the Danish Government that will bring together international politicians, business leaders, investors, researchers, experts and opinion formers. While the ultimate aim is to promote the transition to a greener global economy, Denmark aims at hosting a conference this autumn, which will facilitate global political and private stakeholders to strengthen global cooperation on this issue.

Tomas Anker Christensen says:

“With this initiative, we aim at establishing a platform for a better dialogue between public and private spheres. As Denmark has a proven track record of decoupling economic growth and reducing carbon-emissions, it is natural for Denmark to take the lead in order to ensure the most fruitful framework for global green growth, and growth opportunities for the green sector’s businesses.

The aim of my visit to China has been to involve relevant Chinese partners in the Forum. China, today, has ambitious national targets and policy initiatives, and companies that are among the market leaders in green development. China would be an obvious participant in the initiative, and I’m happy that our thoughts have been well-received during my talks here.“

The Danish government is heading a global Green Growth initiative in 2011, creating a leading international platform for dialogue and cooperation on this issue. South Korea’s government has already announced its commitment to develop a strategic partnership on green growth with the Danish government in its endeavour to create a leading international platform for dialogue and cooperation on this issue.

This new business and growth oriented initiative aims to bridge the gap between policy, capital, and business by bringing the main strategic global stakeholders together to collectively find viable solutions and produce actionable, relevant and tangible outcomes to accelerate the transition to a green global economy.

A part of this initiative consists of engaging main global enterprises and investors in partnerships, including businesses from China and Denmark to develop cutting edge analyses, policy proposals and possible solutions within sectors such as energy, transportation and water and agriculture.

The Global Green Growth initiative is launched jointly by the Danish Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Economic and Business Affairs and Climate and Energy.

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