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Closing remarks by Mr. Søren Pind, Minister for Development Cooperation, on the MDG3 conference om 25 March 2010.

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Women’s Empowerment and Employment

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It has been a truly inspiring day for me!

Thanks to all – key-note-speakers and panelists as well as active participants – you have done an outstanding job sharing with us your valuable knowledge, insight and experiences on how to empower women economically. Thank you very much.

Also thanks to Ambassador Staur. Thank you for your excellent summing-up of today’s discussions, for capturing the essence and translating it into various recommendations on how to accelerate the achievement of MDG3.

And finally, to our moderator Trine Sick – thank you very much for guiding us safely through the ambitious and compact conference programme.

The recommendations to be derived from this conference will, I am confident, be a vital input for the MDG High-level Plenary Meeting in September. Our responsibility is to carry these recommendations resolutely forward and ensure that they are placed high up on the international development agenda – especially in the coming six month.

In 2008, Denmark initiated the MDG3 Global Call to Action. We did so, because Denmark is strongly committed to promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment and because we realize that a global wave of resolve is needed, if we are to achieve MDG3 - and thereby also contributing to the achievement of the other MDGs.

The response from all over the world has by far exceeded our expectations and is indeed encouraging. Several of you present here today have committed to doing something extra for women.

We hope that you all will stay committed and work for the prospect that one day women all over the world will have the freedom to fully develop their human potential.

We also hope that you will work actively to ensure that the outcome document from the MDG High-level Plenary Meeting will emphasize women’s employment and economic empowerment as key areas for accelerated action.

I can assure you that I will be on the fast track to do something extra for gender equality and women’s empowerment. Denmark will actively support the efforts by the UN Secretary General to establish a globally agreed action agenda in September 2010. Not least to:

  • ensure women’s equal economic rights,
  • expand women’s entrepreneurship opportunities
  • tear down cultural barriers to women’s employment and
  • prioritize women’s health.

It might be, that the torches that welcomed you outside when you arrived this morning have burnt down, but as they say in America these days: “We are all fired up and ready to go”!

With these words, let me – once again – express my sincere thanks to all of you for coming and for contributing to the discussions.

And with these words I officially close the MDG3 conference on “Women’s Empowerment and Employment”.