The Sustainable Development Goals launched in Albania

Sep 28, 2015

Launching ceremony in Tirana


The Sustainable Development Goals were presented today in the presence of cabinet ministers, representatives of the international community, civil society and the private sector.
The Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Albania Mr. Niko Peleshi highlighted: “The Sustainable Development Goals Agenda is already part of the vision for the development of our country for the next 15 years. I am convinced our path towards EU integration and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals is the right direction to ensure prosperity for our country and to contribute to a more developed region and a better planet”.
While addressing the event, the United Nations Resident Coordinator Ms. Zineb Touimi-Benjelloun, highlighted: “Success in this new ambitious agenda for global action needs to be driven by leaders within government, the international community, business and civil society, especially at the local levels. During the five years that I have served in Albania as United Nations Resident Coordinator, I`ve seen that setting goals and targets work. As the UN is preparing its new Development Cooperation Framework in Albania, we`re looking forward to closely aligning our work with the post-2015 Development Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals”.
Ms. Romana Vlahutin, Ambassador of European Union Delegation to Albania said amongst other things: "Sustainable development is at the core of the EU`s financial cooperation with Albania including education and vocational training; public financial management; employment; rule of law; infrastructure; environment;  gender equality; food safety and water and sanitation".
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight anti-poverty targets that the world committed to achieve by 2015.
During the event, a presentation of the key findings of the Millennium Development Goals Report Albania was made. The report shows that since 2002, Albania achieved great progress under the Millennium Development Goals, especially in the area of child and maternal mortality. Mixed results are obtained with respect to eradicating poverty, reducing social inclusion, providing universal education and promoting gender equality and empowerment of women.
Albania was a pilot country for an additional MDG: Good Governance, which will be further tackled under the new SDGs.
During the event, Ambassador of Turkey to Albania, Mr. Hidayet Bayraktar, illustrated a number of programmes supported by the Turkish Government, aimed at supporting the country to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce, Albanian branch, Ms. Ardita Seknaj, highlighted the way in which the Albanian private sector can cooperate in advancing the SDG agenda in the country.
Besmir Vokopola, one of the young people who participated in the public consultations for the Post 2015 agenda, emphasized: “I am one among the 8 million voices who had a say in this agenda we are presenting today. In 2030 I will be 40 years old, and I hope that I will have created a healthy family, which I would like to live in a world with equal opportunities and  without poverty - exactly what this agenda strives to achieve. Today I pledge to give my contribution, no matter how modest it can be, to work towards creating a better world for my family and for everyone”.
At the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit, held in New York on 25 September 2015, more than 150 world leaders including the Prime Minister of the Republic of Albania adopted the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals.
These 17 Sustainable Development Goals, also known as the Global Goals, aim to end poverty, hunger and inequality, take action on climate change and the environment, improve access to health and education, and build strong institutions and partnerships, and more.
The launching event of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Albania also emphasized that the new global agenda seeks to build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), implemented from 2000 to 2015, and to complete what these did not achieve.
At the end of the event all participants joined the Deputy Prime Minister and the UN Resident Coordinator in a ceremony where the SDG flag was presented. The launching event was organized in coincidence with the Social Good Summit.

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