China And Denmark Strengthen Comprehensive Strategic Partnership With “Green Joint Action Plan”



Recognizing the mutual benefits of collaboration on bilateral, multilateral, and global issues, the People’s Republic of China and the Kingdom of Denmark established a comprehensive strategic partnership in 2008. Underlining their commitment, both nations formulated the “China-Denmark Joint Action Plan (2017-2020)” in 2017. In November 2021, the foreign ministers of China and Denmark agreed on the “China-Denmark Green Joint Action Plan,” further solidifying bilateral cooperation within the framework of their comprehensive strategic partnership.

Details of the “China-Denmark Green Joint Action Plan (2023-2026)”:

1.Focus Areas of Cooperation:

Under the principles of the 2008 joint declaration, China and Denmark aim to mutually develop their relationship, addressing global challenges hand-in-hand. The emphasis is on contributing to the United Nations’ 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. Key collaboration areas include climate and energy, environment and water resources, green shipping and maritime technology, improving food and agricultural sustainability, enhancing public health, strengthening economic relations, and advancing science and technology.

2.High-Level Dialogues:

Both countries commit to promoting political and economic dialogues in areas of mutual interest, conducting high-level exchanges between central and local governments. Annual deputy foreign minister-level political consultations will serve as crucial channels for reviewing the progress and making adjustments to the implementation of the “China-Denmark Green Joint Action Plan (2023-2026).”

3.Trade: Enhancing Economic Relations:

Recognizing each other as significant trade partners, China and Denmark plan to deepen economic ties, exploring cooperation potential while ensuring a fair competitive environment. The “Green Joint Action Plan” outlines periodic meetings of the Bilateral Economic and Trade Joint Committee and strengthened dialogues in areas such as product certification, taxation, competition, and others.

4.Climate and Energy: Joint Efforts for Climate Action:

Both nations commit to sustainable, green, and low-carbon transformations, aligning with the principles of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement. The plan includes collaboration on climate change mitigation, cost-effective and secure energy transitions, increased energy system flexibility, and urban sustainable development.

5. Environment and Water Resources: Ensuring Quality and Ecosystem Functionality:

Close collaboration is planned in environmental protection, sustainable water resource management, integrated carbon-neutral sewage management, biodiversity conservation, and protection of marine ecological environments.

6. Research, Innovation, and Higher Education: Supporting Green Transition:

China and Denmark will strengthen cooperation in science, technology, innovation, and higher education to address global challenges, focusing on climate change, low-carbon development, and green environments.

7. Knowledge Property Rights: Strengthening Cooperation:

Both nations pledge to deepen coordination on intellectual property rights, including patents, trademarks, and geographical indications.

8. Maritime Affairs: Green Shipping and Maritime Technology Cooperation:

As maritime nations, China and Denmark commit to reducing the global shipping industry’s impact on climate and the environment through enhanced cooperation in green maritime technology, knowledge exchange, and infrastructure development.

9. Food and Agriculture: Improving Quality and Sustainability:

Recognizing the importance of sustainable food and agriculture, China and Denmark will collaborate on various aspects, including agricultural productivity, food safety, reduction of food loss and waste, animal health, and organic food.

10. Tourism: Sustainable Development:

Both nations will strengthen cooperation in the tourism sector to promote mutual understanding and friendship, focusing on sustainable tourism.

11. Health: Promoting Universal Well-being:

China and Denmark aim to enhance overall health coverage, including access to quality healthcare services and cooperation on innovative drugs and medical devices, with a particular focus on non-communicable diseases.

This comprehensive plan underscores the commitment of China and Denmark to foster sustainable development, address global challenges, and strengthen their already robust partnership. The joint efforts are expected to contribute significantly to the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

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