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Morten Jespersen, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Denmark to the United Nations.

Morten Jespersen has served as Denmark’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva since 1st of September 2018.

Prior to this he has held the position of Under-Secretary for Global Development and Cooperation in Danida, the Danish development organisation within the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Centre for Global Development and Cooperation has overall responsibility for safeguarding and promoting Danish interests within priority areas of foreign and development policy, including Danish development policy cooperation across bilateral and multilateral activities. The Centre also promotes green growth and employment in developing countries and emerging economies, development and implementation of humanitarian efforts, as well as development cooperation through well knowns organisations.

Prior to August 2013, Mr. Jespersen was Denmark’s Ambassador to Nepal at the Danish Embassy in Kathmandu from 2010 to 2013.

Mr. Jespersen has a Master of Political Science and a Post Graduate Degree in East Asian studies.  


As a Geneva Gender Champion Ambassador Morten Jespersen has signed up to the Gender Parity Pledge in the efforts to promote gender equality in Geneva and beyond.

Together with the Nordic Geneva Gender Champions Ambassador Jespersen has also committed to the following 2019 Joint Nordic Pledges:

1. 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.

2. 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.

Upon joining the initiative in 2018 Ambassador Jespersen emphasizes: “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.”

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