As part of our 2019 Year in Review series, let’s take a look at Princess Marie’s events for her main Patronages this year. Just click on the date to read each post about each event.Continue reading “2019 Year in Review: Princess Marie and her main Patronages”
On 15 November, Princess Marie attended the UNESCO 40th General Conference in Paris, France as Patron of the Danish National UNESCO Commission. Read more below.Continue reading “Princess Marie attends UNESCO 40th General Conference + An unannounced UNESCO visit in October”
Yesterday, Princess Marie attended the L’Oréal-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science 2019 as Patron of the Danish Committee of UNESCO. Read more below.Continue reading “Princess Marie attends L’Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science Award Ceremony”
Today, Princess Marie attended the launch of the Danish UNESCO National Commission’s new strategy for 2019-2022. Princess Marie is Patron of the Commission and the Commission started working on the strategy last May in a seminar that Princess Marie attended.
UNESCO has been working on goal 4: “a good education for all” out of the 17 goals set out by the UN to ensure the planet’s sustainable development by 2030. The Danish Minister of Education said: “In more than 70 years UNESCO has worked globally for freedom of expression, respect for all human worth, good education for all and the preservation of valuable culture and natural heritage. These are values that Denmark is known for around the world. But we can not take them for granted. The world is changing rapidly, and each generation must reinvent and defend basic Democracy and freedoms. Denmark is among the best in the world to achieve the goal of a good education for all, but there are still challenges. The things we do is to get all of the conditions to complete an education, make it attractive to acquire vocational training and creating inclusive learning environments free from bullying. That can UNESCO and the World Goals help us to do better. “
The new strategy focuses on five main strategic initiatives. For each strategic initiatives, the Danish UNESCO National Commission set out goals to ensure that they can do better in those fields between 2019 and 2022:
- Partnerships for the future
- show how UNESCO and the Danish UNESCO actors contribute to achieving world goals and develop cooperation with all relevant stakeholders in relation to achieving the government’s target world ambitions.
- be a catalyst for the opportunities, skills, and ideas for new initiatives and collaborations and we will bring stakeholders together.
- mobilize resources and seek partnerships to UNESCO-related activities in Denmark and to projects that have a global focus.
- strengthen communication about what we do, why we do it and what we achieve
- strengthen the partnership with the Danish UNESCO institutions like the Danish UNESCO Center (the Center for Problem Based Learning in Engineering Science and Sustainability) and the UNESCO Chair in Cultural Rights and to ensure that they are a resource in implementing the strategy for working with UNESCO
- encourage Danish stakeholders to engage in the UN Decade for Marine
- Good education and global citizenship
- help to ensure that all children and young people know the world goals. This will be done through the national work with education as a force for democracy and sustainable development through cooperation with relevant stakeholders, including UNESCO World undersized schools and adult education initiatives.
- examine how UNESCO can play along with the Danish science strategy and promote the narrative that science is important for children and young people’s general education and contribute to solutions to global challenges.
- inspiration to several Danish cities will be part of the global network of cities as UNESCO learning cities and UNESCO creative cities.
- support and strengthen vocational schools and technical science education focusing on sustainable development. This will be done in collaboration with pupils, students, schools and universities and the parties behind the programs
- work to ensure that UNESCO continues to provide quality data in the form of “Global Education Monitoring Report” and the results disseminated and used.
- along with libraries, schools, and civil society to support strategic and concrete activities that promote reading – for example in the UN reading days each year on 8 September.
- maintain focus on the right to education for refugee and migrant children in collaboration with civil society organizations, UN and other relevant training actors.
- Freedom of expression and information creating democracy
- actively promote global monitoring of artistic expression and relate it to Danish conditions and examine how the experience of working for the safety of journalists can be transferred to artists and scholars of the same challenges.
- work to strengthen UNESCO’s monitoring of the right to science, culture, education, and freedom of scientific research. The Danish UNESCO Chair at the University of cultural rights will generate and communicate new knowledge and insights based on UNESCO conventions and recommendations
- seek cooperation that strengthens digital imaging and media and information knowledge that can promote the desire to participate in an informed, critical and respectful democratic conversation.
- highlighting the importance of equal access to information and preparedness to respond to propaganda and misinformation
- support active Danish efforts of UNESCO’s International Program for Media Development (IPDC) and set up a campaign that Denmark elected into the program expert for the period 2019-2023.
- follow up by Danish media actors and relevant ministries to prepare a national action plan for the safety of journalists, as recommended in the “UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity”
- engage in dialogue with relevant stakeholders, including municipalities, the potential of several refuges or other measures to ensure artistic freedom and protect persecuted artists.
- World heritage and communities in development
- support the Danish authorities’ ongoing work with the Danish World.
- support networking and exchange of experiences across the World Heritage in Denmark.
- focus on how Denmark’s World Heritage sites, living heritage, cultural values, geoparks, and biosphere reserves and city networks contribute – individually and collectively – to education for sustainable development and global citizenship.
- bring knowledge of the world compared to Danish educational institutions including through UNESCO collections at Moesgaard Museum and distribution of UNESCO guides and educational resources through relevant channels and EMU, Denmark learning portal.
- demonstrate the importance of being a UNESCO designation, among other sustainable tourism, local identity, and the economy. It could be done through analysis and good examples.
- engage in initiatives that make cultural heritage – both the living and material – relevant to children and young people and puts it in a contemporary context.
- support Denmark’s involvement in the protection of cultural property during armed conflict, including cooperation with research institutions, museums, public authorities, and other actors.
- Equality and Inclusion across all initiatives
- systematically integrate a gender perspective in the strategy’s action plan and equality assess all initiatives.
- seek cooperation with Danish media actors in order to strengthen the focus on gender equality, both among media actors in content, through source selection and resourceful to stories, speakers and panelists at conferences and the like.
- maintain UNESCO’s efforts to promote sex education in developing countries. Denmark is working actively to UNESCO’s “International Technical Guide on Sexuality Education”, used to strengthen sex education in schools.
- strengthen the focus on sex and gender disparities on the importance of girls ‘and boys’ education practice
- maintain UNESCO’s monitoring of global trends and challenges in relation to violence and bullying in schools based on gender, sexuality and gender identity. Denmark has joined UNESCO’s Call for Action as an important tool to promote learning environments free of discrimination both in Denmark and globally.
- support more women to choose research road. L’Oréal/UNESCO prizes to young women researchers is a recognized model to be developed, including the possibility of concluding cooperation with other UNESCO concepts.
To launch the strategy, Princess Marie made a speech:
It is my great pleasure and pleasure to be able to participate in the launch of the new strategy for the Danish UNESCO work.
Congratulations to us. Congratulations to us that we now have a completed strategic framework for the Danish UNESCO work for the next 4 years. The work was started, as many of us were together not far from here at Blox last May. The final strategy that lies ahead of us has come to the world based on a great effort from many different subject areas and from many places in the country. It is in the spirit of UNESCO and I would like to thank you.
The UN’s 17 world goals play a central role in the strategy and world goals are not only important to us in UNESCO, but also to more and more organizations and businesses that have taken it on. The world goals are the most important conversation of our time, and I am pleased that in the Danish UNESCO work we can help carry this on to an even larger circle.
UNESCO is the UN body responsible for world goals 4 on a good education for all. And we are proud and happy about that. Everyone has the right to education! UNESCO’s work with world heritage is known throughout Denmark – and that is important.
Fewer people know about the Geopark in Odsherred and the Biosphere Reserve on Møn. Or for concepts such as UNESCO learning and creative cities. It is a shame … Because when a municipality engages in the opportunities and the “brand” UNESCO can offer, one will experience an increasing local commitment and pride.
In our work, we must strengthen our knowledge of the many opportunities and potentials that exist in UNESCO. There are countless resources in the Danish UNESCO landscape. The challenge for the next 4 years is to connect them in new ways. We must strive to see new synergies and work across sectors and organizations.
We need to help each other strengthen the knowledge of the many tools that UNESCO offers to the member states. UNESCO’s programs and networks are an offer for everyone to engage in our common future. But it can be difficult to do alone. Therefore, the strategy aims to explore new opportunities to work across and to enter into new partnerships. In Denmark, we have seen a growing interest in UNESCO in recent years in the form of a stronger commitment at local, regional and national level. The strategy points to 5 initiatives that can lift UNESCO’s work in Denmark
Besides partnerships for the future, this is about good education and global citizenship, freedom of expression in the press, art and science as well as world heritage and local development and not least equality and inclusion. The efforts go across all UNESCO mandates. It’s ambitious and it’s great.
Our children will inherit the world after us.
Therefore, I am very pleased to read that the Danish UNESCO National Commission wants to promote an approach that recognizes young people as actors who can create change and sustainable development. We cannot do without the engagement of the young! Later today, work must be done to link concrete actions and activities to the strategy and I look forward to following the work for the next 4 years.
Princess Marie wore a fully recycled outfit today! She paired her Armani Collezioni jacket with her Hugo Boss dress that she debuted in 2017.
She accessorized with her favorite Jimmy Choo ‘Romy’ pumps and her Naledi Copenhagen Ostrich clutch. Her scarf is also by Naledi Copenhagen.
We’ll next see Princess Marie on February 3rd when she’ll attend the premiere of LEGO Movie 2 with her family.
Today, Princess Marie attended a UNESCO seminar in Copenhagen as Patron of the Danish UNESCO Commission. She is patron since 2009.
The aim of the seminar was to identify focus areas for the Danish UNESCO work in the coming years. Michel Steen-Hansen , a member of the Commission, said on his blog that the question “What do we want to do with UNESCO in Denmark? ” is very important right now : “A rather central issue, because in Denmark it has been decided to spend considerably fewer funds than the rest of the Nordic countries working for cooperation between nations in education, science, culture, communication, and information.”
Stakeholders from science and education institutions, from the civil society, from relevant ministries, from local authorities and from the world heritage sites, Man and Biosphere Reserves and UNESCO Global Geoparks spend the afternoon together to provide an input to and to discuss the direction of the Danish UNESCO.
The seminar was arranged by the Secretariat of the Danish UNESCO National Commission, which is based in the Danish Ministry of Education. The seminar took place in the newly erected building BLOX in Copenhagen. BLOX was inaugurated by Queen Margrethe a few weeks ago and Billed-Bladet reports Princess Marie was as impressed by the building as the Queen was during the inauguration.
Here is Princess Marie’s speech :
It is my pleasure today to be able to participate in the opening of this seminar for decision makers and professionals with active involvement in UNESCO’s work in Denmark.
What do we want with UNESCO’s work in Denmark? This is the heading for today’s program, and I look forward to hearing the good suggestions that will surely come during the day.
Four years ago, as a protector of the Danish UNESCO National Commission, I was involved in launching the now former Danish strategy for UNESCO’s work.
And a lot has happened since then. Both in our own work, but also in international cooperation within UNESCO’s areas – education, science, culture, and communication.
The UN’s World Sustainable Development Goal sets a new framework and direction for UNESCOs, and our all efforts for equal opportunities and greater justice for all, girls and women, as well as boys and men.
It is about quality education for all, about equality, about science for the common good, on cultural heritage and cultural diversity and on free media and freedom of expression, for a better future for all and for our common planet.
In Denmark, in recent years, we have seen a development in our commitment to UNESCO’s work. There is growing interest in UNESCO programs and academic networks from ministries, Danish municipalities, universities, schools and civil society.
I am thinking of on the growing number of Danish sites that are listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, which includes both natural heritage such as Stevns Klint and the Wadden Sea and cultural heritage such as Christiansfeld and Parforce hunting in North Zealand.
But it also applies to Møn og Nyord in Vordingborg municipality, which was approved last year as the first UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in Denmark.
And about exciting networks of cities such as Sønderborg, which are part of UNESCO’s global network of Learning Cities and Kolding, which has become the UNESCO Creative City.
For quite recently, I had the pleasure of participating in the launch of the beautiful and impressive Geokids project in Geopark Odsherred, Denmark’s first UNESCO Global Geopark.
In Geokids, all children in the municipality have had the opportunity to participate in creative teaching about nature and landscape, about local produce and cultural history. And all the students have made each mask, a total of about 3,500 masks that are set on rods in the landscape. Each mask is distinctive and different from the others, and together they make up an impressive common piece of art.
Princess Marie at Geopark Osherred
This is a great example of how to engage children and their families in a concrete and fun way in a project that deals with learning about nature and landscape and how we live and use nature so that it is also preserved for the future.
And this is a good example of how, through active UNESCO work, we can connect local action with global goals and challenges, and contribute to relevant follow-up to the UN’s world goals.
I hope that the seminar today will contribute to the development of precise efforts and strong partnerships, thereby strengthening UNESCO’s work in Denmark and Denmark’s efforts in UNESCO.
Thank you for your attention.”
For this event, Princess Marie wore the white Ganni dress she first wore in September 2016 during a visit to Naevsted.
She also wore new navy Jimmy Choo ‘Romy’ pumps! It is her fourth pair of ‘Romy’, she also owns them in nude suede, black suede, and black glitter. She carried a matching bag, the ‘Selma’ by Michael Kors.