In 2023 we will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states our rights regardless of origin, gender, religion, nationality, residence, or other status. Coming from Denmark, a country that strives to serve as a model of human rights and gender equality, I hope that we will see progressive steps in those fields in 2023 ~ Susanne SHINE
The previous 2021 and 2022 were indeed challenging years. The COVID pandemic kept us from our loved ones and prevented us from travelling and living normal lives. I’m happy that, through hard work and cooperation around the world – particularly among those who provide medical care, formulate public health policies and develop vaccines – we have made progress in protecting and improving lives. Although we have not eradicated COVID, we can be optimistic that, with continued care and diligence, the world will make further progress in 2023. As with COVID, we can be optimistic that 2023 will offer progress in the trajectories of many long-term global challenges. In 2023 we will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states our rights regardless of origin, gender, religion, nationality, residence or other status. Coming from Denmark, a country that strives to serve as a model of human rights and gender equality, I hope that we will see progressive steps in those fields in 2023. Here in Serbia, I hope that the coming year will provide opportunities for the government and people to move closer to the EU in key areas for accession, such as the rule of law and the fight against corruption and organised crime.
Denmark looks forward to continuing to work directly with Serbia to help it successfully adopt measures that will benefit the Serbian people and address EU requirements. Denmark also looks forward to increasing mutually beneficial business development with Serbia. Ever more Danish companies are finding Serbia, with its highly competent and motivated workforce, to be a competitive business environment, and an advantageous geographic location, as an ideal partner for business ventures. These partnerships will continue to create jobs and further boost Serbian exports in 2023. Of course, 2023 does not offer a panacea for the world’s challenges. Many countries around the world will need to respond to the challenges and instability created by wars, extreme weather, economic recession and much more. I’m optimistic, however, that through planning and cooperation between countries and their citizens, we can all make necessary and beneficial progress in addressing many of these issues.