SDG Expertise 2020-01-28T15:51:55+00:00

UN agencies: Delivering on the objectives of the 2030 Agenda

The 11 UN organizations working from out of Copenhagen vary in size and mandate. They do however share a common agenda – the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be achieved by 2030. UN City thus constitutes a hub for UN operations as well as an SDG hub for business, academia and the public to connect with to advance the 2030 agenda.

Below you can find information about the resident UN agencies’ expertise and solutions to realize the SDGs.

IOM – the International Organization for Migration

The 2030 Agenda recognizes migration as a driver of sustainable development and a complex reality that affects countries, communities and individuals. Many SDGs will only be fulfilled if migration is well governed and migrants are empowered to contribute.

While the SDG cornerstone on migration is target 10.7 on facilitating “orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration,” migration is relevant to all the SDGs and many of the targets.

Due to its broad migration mandate, IOM’s activities support the achievement of a number of SDGs through preventing trafficking in human beings and protecting vulnerable migrants (SDGs 5, 8 and 16), supporting decent work and rights of migrant workers (SDG 8), education of migrant children (SDG 4), building resilience to climate events (SDG 13), and others.

IOM Denmark supports the combat against human trafficking and has since 2008 assisted close to 150 victims of trafficking in their sustainable return and reintegration from Denmark. IOM and its partners globally provide protection and direct assistance to thousands of victims every year.

Jacob Jørgensen
Programme and Liaison Officer

Tel: +45 4533 5390
Mobile: +45 2979 5258

UNDP – United Nations Development Programme

UNDP is the United Nations’ leading development organisation. Our work is integrated and spans across sectors to eradicate poverty, reduce inequality and injustice, and to protect our planet in 170 countries.

UNDP supports governments and civil society partners to integrate the SDGs into national development plans and budgets; a process well under way in more than 100 countries. UNDP works on all 17 Goals and plays a particularly strong role in support of SDG 1 (eradicate poverty), 10 (reduce inequalities), 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions) and has the largest UN portfolio on SDG 13 and 15 (climate action and protecting the environment).

The strength of the 17 SDGs lies in their complementarity and in their connectedness, and UNDP plays an important integrator role to ensure a coherent and coordinated implementation of Agenda 2030.

We promote peaceful and inclusive societies by helping people gain access to justice and building effective and accountable institutions. Between 2014-2017 UNDP helped 4.1 million people gain access to legal aid services in 39 countries. Providing mobile courts in remote areas in Pakistan is one way of doing so.

Mette Fjalland
Communications and Liaison Officer

Tel: +45 4533 6008
Mobile: +45 5183 6228

UN Environment

UN Environment is the primary United Nations organization mandated to support the monitoring of the environment. UN Environment promotes environmental sustainability as a crucial enabling factor in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and ensuring the health of our planet. UN Environment is committed to working with all concerned parties to support the implementation of the SDGs. More than half of the SDGs have an environmental focus or address sustainability concerns, while over 86 of the 169 targets directly concern the environment – including at least one in each of the 17 SDGs.

In UN City, UNEP’s mandate is implemented by UNEP DTU Partnership, including the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency, the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) and the UNEP DHI Partnership.

In Argentina, UNEP DTU Partnership is working with a network of over 160 municipalities in creating energy efficient solutions that can attract finance and be replicated throughout the country and continent. The project relates to SDGs 7, 9, 11, 13, and 17.

In Mongolia, UNEP DTU Partnership has assisted a private bank access funding from the Green Climate Fund, as the first private entity to be accredited by the fund. The bank now supports local companies invest in energy efficient and renewable energy technologies. The project relates to SDGs 1, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, and 17.

Mette Annelie Rasmussen

Tel: +45 4533 5304
Mobile: +45 2179 8883

UNFPA – United Nations Population Fund

UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency works to deliver a world where:

Every pregnancy is wanted;

UNFPA is the world’s largest procurer of contraceptives for public funds enabling women and men to enjoy the human right to decide if and when to have children.

Every childbirth is safe;

UNFPA educates midwives and strengthens health systems to ensure women’s access to prenatal visits, skilled birth attendance, and referral to emergency assistance – including C-sections, blood transfusion and life-saving medicines – if complications arise.

Every young person’s potential is fulfilled;

UNFPA promotes age-appropriate comprehensive sexuality education, youth-friendly services and the abandonment of harmful practices such as early marriages and female genital mutilation.

“Let Girls be Girls”. “Books before Babies”. Youth sharing messages to prevent teenage pregnancies through poetry, essays, songs and drama. UNFPA works to prevent child marriage and early pregnancy. Enabling girls to finish school is key to lifting families and communities out of poverty.

Mette Strandlod
External Relations Associate

Tel: +45 4533 7298

UNHCR – UN Refugee Agency

Addressing the challenges posed by forced displacement is key to meeting the commitment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development of “leaving no one behind”. Refugees and internally displaced persons are indeed among the most vulnerable population groups, having lost the protection of their home countries. The SDGs and indicators are very relevant to measure their well-being and integration in host communities, reflecting strategies to tackle a range of social needs, including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities.

UNHCR implements activities related to many SDGs, such as meeting basic needs and improving living conditions (SDGs 2, 3, 6, and 11), promoting livelihoods and economic self-reliance (SDGs 4, 7 and 8), and providing civil, political and legal rights for all our persons of concern (SDGs 1 and 16).

SDG 4 – Quality Education

4 million refugee children are not in school. UNHCR works to ensure that all refugee children and youth are included in national school systems and can access quality education.

SDG 16 – Peace, Justice, and Strong Institution

UNHCR engages with States to ensure that children have access to simple and expeditious birth registration procedures and receive birth certificates. The UN Refugee Agency is also providing legal support to assist refugees and asylum seekers to obtain documentation.

Andrea Pellandra
Information Management Officer

UNICEF – United Nations Children’s Fund

Healthy, safe, educated and empowered children and young people are the key to a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. The SDGs present a historic opportunity to advance the rights and well-being of every child, especially the most disadvantaged, and secure a healthy planet for today’s children and adolescents, and future generations.

The UNICEF’s global supply hub based in Copenhagen, Denmark, supports the planning and delivery of essential supplies for children’s health, education and protection. Together with governments, businesses and other partners, we innovate and advance sustainable access to goods and services that enable children to enjoy their rights. With about $3.46 billion in annual procurement, UNICEF is one of the largest procurement agencies in the United Nations System.

Representation towards the Danish public is the mandate of UNICEF Denmark, the Danish National Committee.

Almost one-third of deaths among children under 5 years of age are preventable by vaccine. UNICEF and its partners are working to ensure that all children and adolescents are successfully protected with vaccines. Between 2014 and 2017, 176 million children were vaccinated against measles.

Heidi Paakjaer Martinussen
Project Specialist, Strategy Management
Strategy, Change and Communications Centre

Tel: +45 4533 5916

Line Grove Hermansen, UNICEF Denmark
Director of Communication and Advocacy

Tlf: + 45 3527 3800
Mobil: + 45 2014 4430

UNIDO – United Nations Industrial Development Organization

Reducing poverty and inequality, while safeguarding the environment, is the key mission of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).  UNIDO plays an important role in achieving Sustainable Development Goals on economic productivity and decent work (SDG 8), industry, innovation and infrastructure (SDG 9), reduction of inequalities (SDG 10), and climate action (SDG 13).

UNIDO, together with UN Environment, co-hosts the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN). The CTCN provides environmentally-friendly technology solutions at the request of developing countries as they seek to meet their climate change and sustainable development goals. The Centre delivers these solutions by engaging the expertise of nearly 500 technology firms and institutions from around the world, including Denmark.

The CTCN collaborates with countries on a broad array of issues: agriculture, disaster preparedness, energy, forestry, industry, transport, waste management, and water. Its work therefore spans all SDGs. In Senegal, for example, the CTCN’s assistance is helping to create opportunities for women to engage in the clean energy sector; identifying how industries can best recycle and re-use waste, and supporting coastal management against natural disasters.

Irma Juskenaite
Communications Associate
Climate Technology Centre & Network (CTCN)

Tel: +45 4533 5381

UNOPS – United Nations Office for Project Services

UNOPS is focused on implementation and committed to UN values. We support our partners’ efforts to bring peace and security, humanitarian and development solutions to some of the world’s most challenging environments.

UNOPS works towards a better, more sustainable future by contributing to broader efforts to help partners achieve all 17 of the Sustainable Development Goals. Through our work, we aim to maximize the economic, social and environmental sustainability of our partners’ projects, and better serve communities in need.

In a world beset by humanitarian challenges, now more than ever, we are strongly committed to empowering women and girls in our societies. As part of this, advancing gender equality is at both the forefront of our work, and at the heart of the 2030 Agenda.

UNOPS, together with DFID, is providing clean energy to community health centres, houses, schools and businesses in over 50 rural villages across Sierra Leone. To mobilize private sector investment in support of the SDGs, UNOPS partnered with telecommunications operator Ooredoo to build 21 healthcare centres across the country. The centres will help combat high maternal and child mortality rates in rural communities.

Nicola Valenti
UNOPS Communications Group

Phone: +45 4533 7668

UN Women – United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

UN Women works in close to 100 countries in support of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls (SDG5) through its triple mandate. The normative mandate guides UN Women’s effort to support UN Member States in achieving SDG5. Simultaneously, UN Women engages with local governments and civil society to design laws, policies and programs to make sure that gender equality standards are implemented. The coordination mandate helps ensure that the whole UN family works towards the SDG5. The operational mandate provides technical and financial support to country level catalytic engagement through joint initiatives to achieve national gender equality priorities. In line with Agenda 2030 UN Women works to ensure no one is left behind and urges men and boys to stand in solidarity with women’s empowerment and engage on gender equality.

UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson visits traditional chiefs and girls in school in Malawi to raise awareness about child marriage. UN Women advocates for the adoption and implementation of laws and policies that prohibit and prevent child marriage and empowers girls to know their rights.

Caroline Rusten
Director (a.i)

Tel: +45 4533 5161

WFP – United Nations World Food Programme

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is working towards a world with Zero Hunger (SDG 2).

Assisting more than 86 million people in over 83 countries each year, WFP is the leading humanitarian organization saving lives and changing lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience.

As the international community has committed to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition by 2030, one in nine people worldwide still do not have enough to eat.

WFP’s efforts focus on emergency assistance, relief and rehabilitation, development aid and special operations. Two-thirds of our work is in conflict-affected countries where people are three times more likely to be undernourished than those living in countries without conflict.

Every day, WFP and its partners work to bring us closer to a zero hunger world. With humanitarian food assistance, WFP provides nutritious food to those in urgent need. Meanwhile, complementary programmes address the root causes of hunger, building the resilience of communities, so we don’t need to keep saving the same lives each year.

Anna Eriksen
Communications Officer
Mobile: +45 40202577

WHO – World Health Organization

Health is our most precious asset. WHO’s purpose is to ensure better health for everyone, everywhere. We touch people’s lives – making sure that the air that we breathe, and the food and water we consume is safe; ensuring all have access to people-centred health care without financial hardship; safeguarding the quality of medicines and vaccines; combatting diseases and protecting people from health threats.

Progress on health is essential to achieving all the SDGs, and they in turn contribute to health and wellbeing, with SDG 3 seeking to “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages”.

The WHO Regional Office for Europe and its Member States have developed a roadmap to implement the SDGs and works across sectors, age groups and income groups to make sure we create a better future for the next generation.

In the European Region, rates of tobacco smoking and alcohol use are the highest in the world, and over half the population is overweight – key risk factors for cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes mellitus and chronic respiratory diseases. However, WHO’s work is helping to reducing premature deaths from these diseases by 2% annually on average.

Dr Bettina Menne
Coordinator, Sustainable Development and Health

Phone: +4545337075
Mobile: +45 51979253