The Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR) and the Danish Ministry of the Environment signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on June 3, to deepen cooperation between the two Ministries on environmental and water sustainability.
The Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR) and the Danish Ministry of the Environment signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) yesterday, 3 June 2014, to deepen cooperation between the two Ministries on environmental and water sustainability. The MOU is signed by Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan and Danish Minister for the Environment, Mrs Kirsten Brosbøl, at the sidelines of the Singapore International Water Week and the CleanEnviro Summit Singapore.
The MOU establishes a framework for the two Ministries to cooperate in the field of environmental and water sustainability on areas such as sustainable management of environmental and water resources, strategies for sustainable development, development and deployment of innovative environmental technology, climate adaptation like flood management, and sustainable planning in urban areas. Both parties will jointly develop a work programme to achieve the objectives of this MOU.
“This MOU underscores the strengthening partnership between Singapore and Denmark in the area of environmental and water sustainability. Singapore values Denmark’s growing leadership on addressing environmental challenge and is excited to work jointly on issues where we have a common interest, such as promoting sustainable development and managing our natural resources. These efforts reflect the strength of Singapore’s growing partnership and collaboration with Denmark,” says Dr Balakrishnan.
“With this signature we affirm that Singapore and Denmark have a common understanding of how environmental regulation can go hand in hand with economic growth. Both in Denmark and in Singapore we have demonstrated how legislation can provide a framework, within which the development of technology can thrive. This approach can advance environmental sustainability way beyond Singapore and Denmark’s borders. This is why Denmark and Singapore will work together to promote this environmental agenda,” says Kirsten Brosbøl.
Dr Balakrishnan and Mrs Brosbøl also witnessed the signing of an MOU between leading global pump manufacturer, Grundfos and PUB, Singapore’s national water agency on furthering collaboration in advanced water treatment. This highlights a concrete outcome from the partnership between MEWR and the Danish Ministry of the Environment on promoting environmental and water cooperation.Prior to the signing ceremony, Dr Balakrishnan met Mrs Brosbøl to discuss environmental and water cooperation between both countries.
Words and photo: Danish Embassy in Singapore.