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Opening of UN City in Copenhagen

04.07.2013  14:39

Today Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II together with the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, the Prime Minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Villy Søvndal and the Minister for Development Cooperation, Christian Friis Bach will officially open the UN City in Copenhagen.

Earlier, the UN organisations were spread between three different addresses in Copenhagen (around the harbours at Frihavnen and Svanemøllen). With the UN City, these organisations have now been gathered under one roof, generating economic and operational benefits.

Sustainability at all levels

The entire UN City project is made up of two parts: Campus 1 and Campus 2.

Campus 1 comprises an office building with 45,000 m2 of floor space. This office complex has been constructed to low-energy class 1 standards, with noteworthy features as use of rainwater for the toilets, seawater to cool the building, it is LEED certified and has a solar system on the roof.

Campus 2 is a new, high-tech warehouse for UNICEF, which has been built further out on the Nordhavn waterfront. The warehouse was handed over to UNICEF last year.

The building has earned the GreenBuilding award 2012

Why Copenhagen?

The UN organisations themselves highlight many advantages of a location in Copenhagen: the highly educated workforce, the infrastructure, the well-functioning society, the high level of security, as well as the location in a “central” time zone, enabling the organisations not only to work in parallel with the UN’s activities in Africa and the Middle East, but also to reach colleagues in Asia and America within the same working day.

At the same time, the location in Copenhagen is a natural choice in relation to the Nordic countries, which are important and constructive partners as well as major donors.


 Photo: Adam Mørk

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