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Denmark appoints special envoy to secure seat on UN Security Council



Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen on Tuesday announced the appointment of a special envoy tasked with securing a seat for a Danish candidate on UN Security Council in 2025-2026.

“Kristian Jensen is the right man to fight for the Danish candidacy. Thank you for taking responsibility,’’ Frederiksen said.

Jensen, 49, a former minister of foreign affairs who has also served as minister of finance and minister of taxation, resigned in August 2019 as deputy chair of the liberal Venstre party, the largest party in opposition.

“I will be part of a campaign to ensure that Denmark is elected so that we can sit at the finest table in the UN Security Council.

“Here we can help influence the decisions of the world around us,’’ Jensen told journalists.

The prime minister also elaborated on why Denmark sought a seat on the UN Security Council.

“Denmark has a long tradition of participating in international cooperation forums.

“We participated in the UN’s first peacekeeping mission in 1948 and are among the countries that provide the most to the UN.

“ We as the Danish government are now ready for an even greater global responsibility,’’ she said.

The UN Security Council has five permanent members, including China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and United States.

It also has 10 non-permanent members, five of which are elected each year by the General Assembly for a two-year term. (Xinhua/NAN)

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