UN Expands in Copenhagen

24 September 2014 – Press Release from the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs: 

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is moving 125 of their employees to Copenhagen. It is the organization’s department for fundraising, which in the near future will have an office alongside other UN agencies at UN City in Copenhagen.

The agreement was signed today by the Minister for Trade and Development, Mogens Jensen, and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, at a meeting at the UN General Assembly in New York.

“UNHCR is the world’s largest humanitarian organization. Their department for fundraising plays an important role in the effort to raise money to help the world’s 50 million refugees, and I welcome the 125 employees to Copenhagen, “said the Minister for Trade and Development Mogens Jensen.

UN City already houses 1,250 employees from eight UN agencies.

“UN agencies greatly benefit from UN City and the cooperation with other UN agencies. The goal is to reduce the organizations’ operating costs and thus contribute to their effectiveness. And it is also good for the Danish economy. Besides providing many jobs, UN City has attracted UN agencies with big procurement departments. It benefits the synergy between our development efforts and promotion of exports, “said Mogens Jensen.

UNHCR’s Department for Fundraising has focused on strengthening the innovative partnership with the private sector, which is increasingly interested in supporting refugees and internally displaced persons worldwide. In 2012, contributions from the private sector raised more than 750 million and this figure is expected to rise further in the coming years.

At today’s meeting, Mogens Jensen and Antonio Guterres also discussed the extremely serious humanitarian situation in Syria and its neighbouring countries.

For more information contact:
Poul Kjar, tel .: +45 4186 5975

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark