International Round-Up: Denmark donates millions to Pakistan in the wake of floods

International Round-Up: Denmark donates millions to Pakistan in the wake of floods

Hundreds of thousands displaced
Denmark’s aid will go to UNHCR, which has distributed critical aid such as tents, sanitation, blankets and sleeping mats to the affected areas.

The government said it would support continued aid support and protection for women and children in crisis areas.

The UN estimates that 6.4 million people are in need of assistance, including 421,000 refugees who have been forced to leave their homes by the huge bodies of water.

More aid for the Sahel crisis
Russia’s attack on Ukraine has caused the food crisis in the Sahel region of Africa to worsen, and Denmark has moved to donate 100 million kroner in aid. The funds include 20 million being earmarked for UNICEF in Niger and another 20 million for the ICRC in Nigeria. According to the UN, approximately 15 million people will be in need of aid by 2022, and the food crisis does not appear to be improving in the near future due to a poor security situation and climate change.

Denmark ensures Dutch green partnership
Denmark and the Netherlands have developed a partnership to find solutions for greener energy systems and work towards the EU’s climate goals. The partnership assumes that both countries will work towards climate neutrality in the EU by 2050. It also emphasizes the use of CCUS emission reduction technology in order to achieve the goal. The agreement also implies a mutual ambition to reduce CO2 emissions and to examine the necessity of transporting large vehicles across EU borders.

Ministerial meeting in the Pentagon
Defense Minister Morten Bødskov traveled to the United States last week to meet with American Defense Minister Lloyd Austin at the Pentagon. The meeting confirmed the continuation of the bilateral defense relationship between Denmark and the United States – a partnership that will exceed that already developed through NATO. The two countries will remain committed to supporting Ukraine in its defense against Russia.

Help for the Moldovan defense
During the next year, Moldova will receive 10 million kroner from Denmark to support their military defense in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The decision resulted from a meeting with Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod and his colleagues from Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova. The invasion has led to Moldova taking in many Ukrainian refugees, and the country is worried that it could become the Kremlin’s next target.

German minister visits Copenhagen
The German foreign minister, Annalena Baerbock, visited Copenhagen last week to discuss how Denmark and Germany can strengthen their partnership regarding climate change. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has made energy policy more important than ever, and both countries are proud that they have made political decisions not to depend on Russian fossil fuels. The meeting also involved a discussion about healthcare, peace-building efforts and digitalisation.

Nordic defense ministers’ meeting focuses on Russia
Russia’s threats to use nuclear weapons mean that the Nordic countries will have to improve their military defenses, especially through NATO. Defense Minister Morten Bødskov has said that the Russian military is incredibly aggressive and the invasion has caused a security problem across Europe as instability and conflict have spread. “It is urgent that we work to improve our security and cooperation in our region,” Bødskov said.

Denmark sought to show respect for Gorbachev
The assistant head of the Danish embassy in Moscow applied to be the Danish representative at Mikhail Gorbachev’s funeral last week. The former president of the Soviet Union, who died on August 30 at the age of 91. Unlike former president Boris Yeltsin, Gorbachev was not given a state funeral by the Kremlin. While the Russian government still arranged the funeral and a guard of honor for Gorbachev, Vladimir Putin did not attend because he had “other duties”.

Source: The Nordic Page

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