The United Nations Agencies in Albania celebrate the 70 anniversary of the United Nations
United Nations Agencies in Albania celebrated the United Nations Day, the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the Charter of the United Nations.
The event brought together cabinet ministers, representatives of international organizations, Ambassadors, representatives of civil society organizations, media academia.
During his key note speech the UN Resident Coordinator in Albania, Mrs. Zineb Touimi-Benjelloun amongst others, highlighted:” Albania faces a lot of challenges, as it is striving to become member of the European Union, but it has already made enormous progress. During the 5 years that I have served here as United Nations Resident Coordinator, I’ve seen this progress happening, and the UN office in Albania has been happy to have accompanied Albania in this journey. To name but a few examples: we have helped the government implement the Territorial and Administrative Reform. Together with government, civil society and the business community, UN Agencies have put gender equality as well as violence against women high on the agenda. The socio-economic situation of the Roma and Egyptian communities has improved also thanks to UN support. We have contributed to progressive health policies and reforms. UN support has enhanced the employability of youth and vulnerable groups. And we have provided assistance to the preparation of Albania’s national climate action plan ahead of the Conference of Parties meeting in Paris at the end of November”.
The Albania Minister of Foreign Affairs Ditmir Bushati said: “The sustainable Development in Albania involves many fields, but the subject and key to our success will be determined by the reform in justice, the rule of law in the economic field and the environmental protection as a necessary tool to build a competitive economy and a fair and solidary society. To us, the successful fulfillment of the Sustainable Development Agenda means that Albania will be a consolidated European Union country- a country that will grant a higher contribution to regional security and beyond. Thus, we believe in the UN and we are right in doing so. That is because the UN represents the greatest hope for the power of working together”.
This United Nations Day was centered around the newly adopted the 2030 Agenda which emerged from the most inclusive process in United Nations history. Member states, millions of young people and thousands of non-governmental organizations, business-people and others were part of the discussions.
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals that form the basis of this agenda are people-centered and planet-sensitive. They provide a plan of action for ending poverty; promote sustainable and inclusive economic growth, social protection and a healthy environment. They promise to “leave no one behind.”
In his message on this Day, the UN Secretary General said: "The 70th anniversary of the United Nations is an opportunity to reflect – to look back on the UN’s history and take stock of its enduring achievements. It is also an opportunity to spotlight where the UN – and the international community as a whole – needs to redouble its efforts to meet current and future challenges across the three pillars of its work: peace and security, development, and human rights."