Tirane, 31 January 2018: The Inter-Ministerial Committee for achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), held its second meeting today under the chairmanship of the Deputy Prime Minister of Albania Senida Mesi. Participants included the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, international development partners such as the EU and Government of Switzerland, local government representatives, INSTAT and the business community.
The committee works to provide an inclusive, long-term approach to sustainable development, including policy direction, planning, implementation, financing and reporting”.
Discussions focused Government’s efforts to date to mainstream SDGs in their development agenda, engagement of line Ministries to integrate SDGs within their priority plans. As Albania prepares for the Volunteer National Reporting to the High Level Political Forum in July 2018, many discussions also touched upon this issue.
The Deputy Prime Minister underlined: “The Government of Albania is strongly committed towards the achievement of Agenda2030. Important strides have been made to integrate SDGs in the country’s strategic framework. Preparations of a baseline report which translates SDGs into national priorities and existing sectorial policies, recent approval by the Parliament of Albania of a resolution in support of Agenda 2030, as well as several priority reforms undertaken in the country in the areas of justice, public administration, energy, integrated water management, urban renaissance and with particular focus on gender equality, create foundations for future sustainable progress”.
The UN Resident Coordinator Brian Williams congratulated the Government for pushing the Agenda2030 forward, and highlighted that this meeting will serve to better think on how the achievement of country priorities can contribute to the achievement of a long term global vision of Agenda2030. “As Albania prepares for Volunteer National Reporting to the High Level Political Forum in July 2018, it’s essential to look into existing programme with the aim to use their implementation to leave no one behind, especially marginalized groups. The SDGs, which create synergies with EU integration processes, aim to serve as lens to development and identify gaps and challenges”- said Mr. Williams.
Committee discussed on priority steps forward including, amongst others, the need to integrate SDGs into planning and budgeting, establish partnerships to ensure inclusion of SDGs into EU accession processes, increase data availability for better monitoring and assessment and increase financial resources for the SDG achievement.