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Opening remarks at joint press encounter with H.E. Ms. Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Prime Minister of Denmark

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Copenhagen (Denmark), 22 October 2013

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen,

It is a great pleasure to see you and it is a great pleasure for me to visit Copenhagen again this year.

I thank Prime Minister Thorning-Schmidt and the people of Denmark for their hospitality and strong support for the United Nations.

I greatly value the strong and longstanding partnership between Denmark and the United Nations.

As a founding member of the Organization, Denmark plays an important and constructive role globally in every aspect of the United Nations agenda.

It is a leading progressive force in promoting the rule of law, the peaceful settlement of disputes and championing human rights and gender equality.

Denmark is also a leading actor and champion in meeting the targets of the Millennium Development Goals, and also, sustainable development, the post-2015 development agenda and climate change.

I just had a very productive meeting with Prime Minister Thorning-Schmidt. I am grateful for her global leadership role in working together with the United Nations in addressing many global challenges.

We discussed various topics of common interest, including the urgent need for a political solution to the conflict in Syria and international support to Afghanistan beyond 2014. Since the Prime Minister has elaborated what we had discussed about Syria, I will not make much statement, I will be very happy to answer your questions which you may have.

We also discussed the Danish Government’s strong support for continuing political stability [and] economic development for Afghanistan, and particularly for their commitment for post-2014. On sustainable development, we discussed sustainable energy for all and promoting global green growth. It has been a great pleasure again for me to address the Global Green Growth Forum for the third time this year since the inaugural Global Green Growth Forum.

We also discussed the post-2015 development agenda and Denmark’s role to eradicate global poverty and reduce inequality.

Denmark is an important United Nations partner.

I thanked the Prime Minister for Denmark’s efforts to maintain official development assistance above the United Nations target of 0.7 per cent of gross national income, despite current global economic volatility. This is very important leadership, and I hope many member states will emulate such a leadership role.

Denmark is setting an important example for the international community.

Finally, I thanked the Prime Minister for her personal commitment to my Global Education First Initiative, which aims to promote quality education for all children around the world.

I will now be happy to take some of questions. Thank you, Prime Minister for your leadership and hospitality.

Thank you.