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Denmark nominates Mrs. Helle Thorning-Schmidt  to the position as new UN High Commissioner for Refugees

10.09.2015  08:11

The Danish government has decided to nominate former PM Mrs. Helle Thorning-Schmidt as Denmark’s official candidate to the position as new UN High Commissioner for Refugees. The position will be available when the mandate of the current High Commissioner Antonio Guterres, former PM of Portugal, expires at the end of 2015.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Kristian Jensen states:

“With the huge global challenges created by the heavy migration and large refugee flows, there is more than ever a need for a strong UNHCR lead by an experienced person that can find solutions. Mr. Antonio Guterres has done an excellent job in the past ten years. It is important that his successor is able to pick up where he left and contribute to unifying the global community around solutions and support to the refugees – and to the regional countries which carry a great burden. The world needs a strong UNHCR led by a strong High Commissioner. Denmark is able to present such a candidate in former PM Mrs. Helle Thorning-Schmidt and the government is very pleased that Helle Thorning-Schmidt has agreed to be Denmark’s official candidate. With the current crises and a humanitarian summit in Istanbul, Turkey, next year there is plenty of work ahead”. 

Read more about the nomination of Helle Thorning-Schmidt here.