Denmark signs new Partnership Programme with ILO worth $11.2 million

Agreement will provide flexible and predictable resources to the ILO's Regular Budget Supplementary Fund and to the joint ILO-IFC programme, Better Work

Press release | 26 September 2014
GENEVA – The Government of Denmark will contribute DKK 50 million (approximately US$ 8.6 million) in flexible and predictable resources to the Regular Budget Supplementary Account (RBSA) of the International Labour Organization and DKK 15 million (US$ 2.6 million) to the Better Work programme – an innovative partnership between the ILO and the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank.

The agreement between Denmark and the ILO was signed this morning by the Ambassador of Denmark to Geneva, H.E. Carsten Staur, and ILO Director-General Guy Ryder. Through her continued support to the ILO's RBSA, Denmark sets an example of how the principles of aid effectiveness can be applied in multilateral funding.

H.E. Carsten Staur and ILO Director-General Guy Ryder
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In addition to the RBSA contribution, Denmark is joining ranks with development partners such as the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United States in funding the Better Work global programme – a joint initiative between the ILO and the IFC aimed at improving working conditions and competitiveness in garment and footwear manufacturing firms. The vision of Better Work is, by 2017, to improve the lives of at least three million workers and millions more of their family members.

“Denmark is one of our very closest and most supportive partners. Through the Permanent Mission in Geneva we are constantly involved in the dialogue on policy issues and development assistance to our constituents”, said Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General. “The new contribution is an example of a well-balanced multilateral partnership. It offers support to the ILO’s reform through fully flexible RBSA resources and a strategic investment in one of our flagship programmes – Better Work”.
“Denmark’s support to the ILO follows our vision of cooperation with the United Nations, embodied in Denmark’s multilateral strategy. We believe that voluntary contributions to the core budget of international organizations should be provided with a maximum of flexibility, allowing subsequent use towards the priorities set by the governing bodies and country-level demands.” said Ambassador  Staur. “The contribution to the Better Work programme is fully in line with Denmark’s development strategy, "The Right to a Better Life", and our vision of sustainable, inclusive and private sector-led growth, which should be achieved in compliance with ILO standards and respect for workers’ rights and participation.”

Denmark has been a long-standing partner of the ILO, ranking as the seventh largest development partner in voluntary contributions during the period 2008-13. It was also one of the first countries to conclude a multiannual partnership programme with the ILO in 1996.


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