Denmark announced its plan to initiate and fund the P4G Partnership Program in September 2017 and launched its National Platform the same year.
It aspires for P4G to build on its former Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) initiative by prompting definitive action that facilitates sustainable growth and climate action while contributing to gender equality and poverty alleviation.
Denmark’s P4G National Platform is facilitated by State of Green, a public-private partnership connecting international and Danish stakeholders within energy, environment, water, cities and the circular economy. State of Green harnesses connections between the Danish private sector, research community, ministries and agencies, municipalities, civil society and organizations at the forefront of green transitions.
P4G accelerates partnerships aligned with Denmark’s development cooperation priorities of reducing inequality and poverty, and fighting to stop climate change. The National Platform has supported 14 partnerships since 2018 by engaging them with Danish stakeholders who can help progress the partnership, and participating in national and international events.
These include the Sustainable Food Partnership that aims to produce nutritious, affordable biscuits with locally sourced ingredients to address food insecurity and nutrition in Ethiopia. Meanwhile, partnerships like UMngeni Ecological Infrastructure and SSEZ Africa share Denmark’s expertise in energy and water projects in Africa. P4G partnerships benefit from Danish corporations’ commitment and leadership in industries like shipping and sustainable fashion. The combination of P4G’s approach and Denmark’s engagement can deliver transformative change in decarbonizing the shipping industry and catalyzing a worker-centric circular economy for fashion. In the case of Circular Fashion Partnership, the Denmark National Platform assisted the partnership with multiple strategic introductions to the Danish and the Bangladeshi Embassies, who went on to become affiliate partners.
Denmark hosted the first P4G Summit in Copenhagen in October 2018. The Summit was attended by six Heads of State, and governments, global companies, entrepreneurs, and civil society leaders from 53 countries. It was the first step in showcasing the potential of strong partnerships to deliver impact and helped raise the visibility of P4G’s partnership calls and approach.
If we want to fight climate change, we have to work together. Governments, industries, citizens. Across the globe. That is what we hope to pass on through P4G: Climate action brought about by the right political decisions and strong partnerships. Between our countries. And between sectors.