India, Denmark begin to work on Green Strategic Partnership
Trans World Features | @twfindia | 23 Feb 2021
India, Denmark begin to work on Green Strategic Partnership
Kolkata: India and Denmark have begun a new era in the form of a far reaching Green Strategic Partnership that will enable Denmark in delivering sustainable solutions to India.

The Green Strategic Partnership is a mutually beneficial arrangement to advance political cooperation, expand economic relations and green growth, create jobs and strengthen cooperation on addressing global challenges and opportunities with focus on an ambitious implementation of the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.


On the Green Strategic Partnership,  Smita Bajoria, Hony. Consul General of Denmark in Kolkata, said, "Basically I was in Denmark two-three years ago. Denmark has become very advanced in green technology and green fuel. They are using biofuel and other fuels are going to stop there by 10-15 years.


"They also have green technology for buildings and other things. As India and our Prime Minister are moving towards using green technology, both the countries are thinking in the same direction.


"While Denmark started many years ago, India has started recently. So the two countries will share the ideas, thoughts and also the technologies that exist in Denmark to take a leapfrog in the technology that Denmark is already working with."


The agreement is in line with the vision expressed by Denmark Prime Minister H.E. Mette Frederiksen and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, who held a virtual summit on Sept 28, 2020.


India and Denmark agree to be at the forefront in the global fight against climate change.


(From L to R) Danish Ambassador H. E. Freddy Svane and Smita Bajoria, Hony. Consul General of Denmark


Both countries have set ambitious national targets on climate and energy that will contribute to an implementation of the Paris Agreement. Together, the two countries will show the world that delivering on ambitious climate and sustainable energy goals is possible.


On the occasion of the conferring of knighthood on Smita Bajoria, Hony. Consul General of Denmark in Kolkata, by the Danish Ambassador H. E. Freddy Svane on behalf of the Queen of Denmark for the Serampore Initiative of restoration of Danish cultural heritage in Serampore.


The Serampore Initiative


The Serampore initiative of the National Museum of Denmark was established in 2008 with the aim of identifying remains of Indo-Danish history in Serampore and restoration of selected buildings from this period. Also to promote knowledge of the common Indo-Danish history of Serampore and promote the same in collaboration with local agencies.


Bajoria took up this initiative requesting the Urban Development Affairs Minister, Govt of West Bengal not to pull down the Governor House and coordinated the efforts of The National Museum of Denmark and Govt of West Bengal Heritage Commission for restoration of the Governor House.


Was instrumental in introducing the National Museum of Denmark to the Stakeholders, Bishop of Church of North India under whose jurisdiction St. Olav’s Church fell for renovation of the church;


As part of the Serampore Initiative The Governor’s House, St. Olav’s Church and Serampore College were restored.