UNITED NATIONS AND TELEKOM ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP TO DRIVE THE GLOBAL GOALS AGENDA IN ALBANIA

Wednesday, 1 November, 2017

Tirane, 1 November 2017: United Nations Agencies in Albania and Telekom Albania embarked on a partnership to drive actions towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in Albania.

The UN and Telekom Albania will work jointly to spread awareness and generate support about the Global Goals, while at the same time implementing concrete actions to make the Global Goals a reality.  UN and Telekom are joining efforts to bring SDGs closer to students, teachers, businesses, to the academic world and to communities at large.  The campaign aims to engage people to be part of the solution.

 The UN Resident Coordinator in Albania Brian J. Williams underlined: “Agenda 2030 is mobilizing a new global partnership for    sustainable development like we have never seen. More than ever before, private companies are looking at how their activities contribute to the achievement of the Goals.  Companies have so many ways to contribute.  They can look at how their products – in this case cutting edge technology – can enable individuals to access information and services, or even engage more actively as citizens with their governments. Companies can look at their own carbon footprint, their use of recycled materials and so on. Or look at how their own practices can promote gender equality and social inclusion.  The signals that private companies send to the public are very important, about what is acceptable, and the importance of human rights. Agenda2030 will not be achieved without the participation of private, as well as public, institutions.  That’s why we are thrilled to partner with Telekom to raise awareness, inform and engage Albanian people on the range of critical issues that SDGs address”

Considering that information and communication technologies form the backbone of today's digital society and have enormous potential to fast forward progress on the SDGs, Telekom Albania – as part of Deutsche Telekom, the leading telecommunication provider in Europe – supports these goals by pursuing numerous initiatives.

“Our portfolio and activities contribute to achieving the SDGs. The smart city and smart home solutions enable local government and citizens to effectively monitor and reduce energy consumption; our 4G+ network gives access to information and education to all groups of society, our cloud solutions make it possible to offer health services and also conserve natural resources. Most of the SDGs are relevant to our daily operations and we can greatly contribute with our business model. They also help us illustrate the sustainability advantages of our propositions” – said Dimitris Blatsios, CEO of Telekom Albania.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are adopted in 2015 by 193 nations cover all three dimensions of sustainable development – the social, environmental and economic. The achievement of Agenda 2030 requires different sectors and actors to work together by pooling financial resources, knowledge and expertise. It also requires establishment of partnerships with policy makers, civil society, and the business sector to generate multi-sectoral solutions to achieve the Global Goals. As such, companies are also called upon to make concrete contributions.