Development Goals Week kicks off in Albania

Monday, 24 September, 2018

United Nations Agencies in Albania will celebrate the third anniversary of the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals through a week of awareness-raising and accountability activities.

The Global Goals week will take place between 25 and 28 September in several cities across Albania. The events will bring together young people, local governments, international organizations and civil society partners with the aim of raising awareness and encouraging actions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Activities in Albania:

A special exhibition will be open until 6 October at the Centre for Openness and Dialogue: MYRTIS: Face to face with the past. The exhibition showcases the story an 11-year old girl who tragically died of the typhoid fever in Athens 2500 years ago. In 2010, the girl became a “Friend of the United Nations”, reemerging as a powerful manifestation to diseases that affect children. The story connects with the third Sustainable Development Goal, which sets out to ensure healthy lives and promotes the wellbeing for all at all ages.

On 26 September several events will be organized in Fier  under the motto: Fier 2030. A Town Hall meeting with the Mayor, members of the Municipal Councils and representatives from civil society will serve as a platform for exchanging ideas, establishing partnerships, engaging communities, fostering public support and promoting actions for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals at a local level.

Furthermore, there will be a discussion at Fieri Youth Centre addressing the importance of youth engagement in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. During this meeting the UNICEF U-report project will be presented.

Additionally, there will be a meeting focusing on the achievement of Goal 5 on Gender Equality and Goal 16 on Peace, Justice and strong institutions. The meeting will specifically address the role of local governments and institutions in ensuring women’s property rights.

The Free Legal Aid Centre (FLAC) in Fier  shall also conduct an activity on the accessibility of free legal aid for vulnerable groups.

On 27 September, the EU Information Center shall host an event on violence against women and girls in vulnerable communities. At the meeting the report: “An overview on the phenomena of violence against women in Roma and Egyptian, LGBTI communities, and people with disabilities” will be presented.

The week shall end with an awareness raising activity which will be held in Gramsh on 28 September. The students of the “Shefqet Guzi” high school will have discussion on their role in the achievement of the Development Goals, with a specific focus on Goal 5: Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women and Girls.

The Global Goals have the potential to end poverty, inequality and climate change, but they are only going to be accomplished if citizens raise their voices and remind their leaders to stick to their promises. We therefore urge everyone to help us raise awareness and take actions so that we together can advance towards a more sustainable future.