National Round-Up: Dane tipped to become deputy executive director of UN Population Fund

According to the Foreign Ministry, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed Ib Petersen to the post of assistant secretary-general, where he will serve as deputy executive director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

The organisation focuses on sexual and reproductive health, as well as women’s and girls’ rights to their bodies.

Recognition of Danish efforts
Denmark supports the fund’s activity with 396 million kroner annually. In this regard, the development minister, Rasmus Prehn, said that the appointment of Petersen was “an important recognition of the great Danish effort to secure women and girls’ right to their own bodies and to decide for themselves whether, when, with whom and how many children they want.”

Petersen has 30 years of working experience, which includes heading the Foreign Ministry’s Office for Migration, Stabilisation and Vulnerability, the role of UN ambassador to Denmark in New York, and working as the director of development policy at the Foreign Minstry.

Less than 10 percent of maritime students are females
A new report prepared by the Higher Education and Science Ministry reveals that women who obtain degrees in maritime education constitute less than 10 percent of all the students. The report demonstrates that women generally lack knowledge about the career opportunities that maritime education can open for them. Therefore, the ministry has decided to allocate 500,000 kroner to increasing the level of women’s inclusion in the respective degree programs.

More people have insured themselves against unemployment
The number of people in Denmark with a‑kasse (unemployment insurance) has significantly risen, Jubii reports. Almost 334,000 people were insured, either on a collective or individual basis, last year – 24,000 people more than in 2018.

Bornholm has become a better place for electric cars’ drivers
From this week,  it is easier to drive electric or hybrid cars on the island of Bornholm, as part of its goal to become a green and sustainable island. With the help of the EU, the island’s regional council has launched a new charging infrastructure network in collaboration with FDM.

AI technologies to be used against invasive species
The Vejdirektoratet road directorate will use artificial intelligence in its fight against so-called invasive species – such as giant hogweed plants, Japanese willow trees and big-leaf lupine plants – which tend to appear on the roadsides. These plants are apt to spread massively in Danish nature and, therefore, destroy the indigenous fauna and flora. Vejdirektoratet used to inspect the roads in the ‘old-fashioned’ manner by sending people who had to spot and remove the invasive plants. However, a new collaboration with the College of Engineering at Aarhus University will help recognise and map the plants by means of camera surveillance and a special AI program.

The alerts system has helped to fight against invasive species
Invasive species are a huge threat to Danish biodiversity, and the government is trying to overcome the problem by using an alert system, DR reports. As soon as it was realised that anyone can fill a report about invasive plants on the Danish Environmental Protection Agency’s website, the alert figures have started to grow: up from just under 900 reports in 2018 to over 1,950 reports in 2019. In general, the more reports the authorities have, the better they can fight the existing problem.

  • Three new countries recognise Palestine as an independent state – Denmark holds back

    Three new countries recognise Palestine as an independent state – Denmark holds back

    Norway, Spain and Ireland have announced that they will formally recognise Palestine as a state. A furious Israel has recalled its envoys from Dublin, Oslo and Madrid for emergency consultations. Denmark says it will only recognise Palestine under a two-state solution.

  • Digitization is the secret ingredient in Chinese restaurateur’s growth adventure

    Digitization is the secret ingredient in Chinese restaurateur’s growth adventure

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  • Pro-Palestinian demonstrations divide Copenhagen society

    Pro-Palestinian demonstrations divide Copenhagen society

    As popular protests of the Israeli offensive in Gaza erupt around the world and in the media, from university campuses to the streets of major cities, discord is escalating between demonstrators, the general public, authorities and politicians.

  • Huge fire at Novo Nordisk – building “cannot be saved”

    Huge fire at Novo Nordisk – building “cannot be saved”

    A fire broke out at a Novo Nordisk site in Bagsværd on Wednesday morning. There have been no casualties, but the fire is “extensive and spreading”, and Novo’s administrative building “cannot be saved” say emergency services.

  • Denmark leads 15 member states in call to outsource EU migration policy

    Denmark leads 15 member states in call to outsource EU migration policy

    Just one day after the EU finally landed its New Pact on Migration and Asylum following four years of tough negotiations, a group of 15 member states, led by Denmark, issued a joint call for greater efforts to outsource migration policy and  prevent migrants from arriving at EU borders in the first place.

  • How to lead Danes IV – Cultural Bypassing

    How to lead Danes IV – Cultural Bypassing

    Many of us Danes, despite being well-educated and well-travelled, often lack experience in navigating cultural differences at work. This can lead to ‘cultural bypassing’, where we believe we are at a level of enlightenment where we no longer are burdened by the risk of making cross-cultural mistakes. As their manager, you can help your Danish colleagues by acknowledging cultural differences in the workplace.