Morten Jespersen
Ambassador, Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Denmark to the United Nations in Geneva
Morten Jespersen

That gender equal societies has proven to be a key driver of economic and sustainable development cannot be ignored. Gender equality does however not come on its own nor does it come easy. Part of the commitment to work towards sustainable societies is the promise to put human rights protection first; for all women, men, boys and girls - on an equal basis.

I support the IGC Panel Parity Pledge.
  • Promote work-family life balance through: 1) Early information and advance notice of meetings to enhance predictability and planning, and 2) Avoid calling meetings taking place during evenings, weekends and public holidays.

  • In our dialogue with, and in governing boards of, international organizations in Geneva, encourage organizations to: 1) Attain gender balance at management levels (P5 or equivalent and above) through both short- and long term measures, including the creation of a more conducive work environment, 2) Integrate the gender dimension in programmes, policies, and normative and operational work, and 3) put in place comprehensive and transparent policies to prevent and address sexual abuse and exploitation.