From 16-20 April 2018, the Government of Albania and the United Nations Country Team will host the Sustainable Development Goals Mainstreaming, Acceleration and Policy Support Mission (MAPS).
The Government of Albania has committed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The MAPS Mission will examine available data and Government policies and identify areas requiring accelerated action in order that targets – in areas ranging from employment to gender equality to environmental protection – are achieved.
On Tuesday, 17 April the Deputy Prime Minister of Albania Senida Mesi will lead a High-Level consultation dedicated to Albania’s progress towards the achievement of Agenda2030, bringing together government, development partners, civil society and the private sector. The Albanian SDG Acceleration Fund will also be launched. The Albania SDG Acceleration Fund aims to finance actions that will accelerate Albania’s achievement of its commitments to the Sustainable Development Goals.
The UN Resident Coordinator in Albania Brian J. Williams says: “The Government has committed itself to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, and has many strategies already developed which, if implemented, would yield great progress. This multi-disciplinary Mission will help identify where there are capacity gaps, budget gaps or policy gaps so that the Government with its partners can accelerate its achievements, whether in social protection or human rights."
The multi-disciplinary MAPS team is composed of regional experts from ILO, UNDP, UNECE, UNFPA, UNESCO and WHO and will draw on regional and global expertise of all UN agencies active in Albania. In addition, the MAPS team will be working throughout the week in close collaboration with the World Bank and EU offices in Tirana.
The Mission’s programme will combine broad consultations involving the highest government officials, Members of Parliament, United Nations Country Team, national and international development partners, civil society, academia and private sector.
At the end of the mission a MAPS Report will be prepared which will contain suggestions on prioritization of SDGs targets, considering national development priorities and potential SDG 'accelerators'.
The 2030 Agenda champions a new way of thinking about development that connects the three dots: social, economic and environmental sustainability. The new agenda requires innovative approach and a new way of doing business.