To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, in partnership with the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator launched the Action Plan and Online Platform on Human Rights, which will serve state institutions, civil society organisations and individuals as a platform for transparent monitoring of human rights observance in Albania.
The UN Resident Coordinator in Albania, Brian Williams, present at the event underlined:”Pleased to launch today with the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, the Human Rights monitoring mechanism which comes to all institutions and civil society organizations and activists in a comprehensive action plan relating specifically to UPR and CEDAW recommendations. This platform, the first in the region, is very important because it provides evidence-based information, and it increases commitment of various stakeholders to action on HR agenda, holds Government to account, and is open to public for access to information”.
This platform, hosted within the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, available in two languages, constitutes a monitoring mechanism for the implementation of the recommendations of the Universal Periodic Review of Human Rights (UPR), the Convention Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and other committees. It encompasses implementation measures, implementing and monitoring institutions, and the status of implementation for each recommendation. This platform provides evidence-based information, and it increases commitment of various stakeholders to action on Human Rights agenda, holds Government to account, and is open to public for access to information.
Albania is the first country in the region to have an action plan and online platform for the monitoring of human rights in the country.
UN-Albania works with the Government, independent human rights institutions such as the People's Advocate and the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner, civil society and other partners to advance the protection of rights. Efforts have been wide-ranging, including work concerning the rights of children, the rights of women and girls, the rights of minorities and refugees, the rights of those excluded from development, those fighting stigma because of their sexual orientation. The UN works to expand access to education, health care and social services, enhance employment opportunities and improve social dialogue. The UN supports the empowerment of women, including increased participation of women in political and public life.
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