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Government of Albania Programme of Cooperation for Sustainable Development 2107 - 2021
On 24 October 2016, the Government of Albania and UN Agencies, funds and programmes signed the Programme of Cooperation for Sustainable Development 2017-2021.
This Government of Albania- UN Programme of Cooperation for Sustainable Development is a framework that will guide the work of the Albanian Government, the UN Country Team and their partnerships until 2021. This framework builds on the successes of the previous Programme of Cooperation and continues the Delivering-as-One approach. It bolsters the strong relationships between the partners to work in concert to achieve national strategic priorities, the Sustainable Development Goals and the country`s human rights commitments and other internationally agreed development goals and treaty obligations.
The UN system in Albania will provide its support around four pillars.
I. Governance and Rule of Law
UN`s work in this area will reinforce the work of constitutional and independent oversight mechanisms strengthen public administration and capacities of local government units, support modernization of public service delivery, improve quality of data, and support migration policies.
UN`s work in this area will support reforms in the areas of health, education and social protection systems, strengthen child protection, support institutional response to child violence and abuse, promote changes in social and child protection laws etc.
III. Economic Growth, Labour, and Agriculture
UN`s work will go towards improving governance of the labor market, enhance the employability of youth, women and other vulnerable groups, improve access to adequate housing for the vulnerable groups, enhance agricultural production and support development of value chains. Support will also go to strengthening capacities for sustainable rural development.
IV. Environment and Climate Change.
UN`s work in this area will support the implementation of environmental policies and sustainable use of natural resources, support management of protected areas and biosphere reserves, scale up action on climate change, adaptation and mitigation, improve innovative technologies for renewable energy etc.
The results expected from this Programme of Cooperation for Sustainable Development will expand capacities, opportunities, and human development in Albania. Across all four pillars and in all activities, the UN and Government will seek to empower women and promote gender equality.
The Government of Albania – United Nations Programme of Cooperation 2012-2016
The Government of Albania – United Nations Programme of Cooperation 2012-2016, signed on 24 October 2011, brings together the support of 19 UN agencies, funds and programmes, plus the International Organisation for Migration, to Albania’s development priorities.
As the overarching programme document for the United Nations in Albania, the Programme of Cooperation 2012-2016 builds upon United Nations values, the comparative advantages of participating funds, programmes and specialized agencies of the United Nations, and lessons learned from previous cooperation. It supersedes the first One UN programme, with a single, coherent plan for all UN agencies in Albania, in which each is responsible for delivery on a set of key actions that jointly contribute to shared results.
The Programme of Cooperation 2012-2016 promotes sustainable and equitable development, social inclusion, the adherence to international norms, and fulfilment of international obligations in support of national priorities and European Union integration aspirations. The result of intensive consultations with line ministries, civil society and development partners in the course of 2011, the Programme articulates a set of expected development results in the following areas:
The results framework of the Programme of Cooperation 2012-2016 outlines 11 outcomes and 41 outputs with an estimated five-year budget of approximately USD 130 million. The Programme’s outputs are made operational through the development of joint annual work plans which form an agreement between the UN agencies and implementing partners on the use of resources.
The Programme’s unique set of integrated management arrangements bring together senior representatives of both Government and UN agencies, driving national leadership and ownership at the heart of all the work carried out towards expected development results. Moreover, the Programme promotes greater coherence and simplification, by reducing duplication in requirements for UN agencies and national partners, while increasing synergy, harmonization, and complementarity between UN agencies. Finally, the Programme also envisages joint programme reviews that allow for timely measurement of progress and performance thereby allowing for adjustment of programme implementation.
The integrated resources framework of the Programme of Cooperation provides an indicative overview of the financial resources available for the implementation of the programme, as well as the funding gap.
Sources of funds for the Programme of Cooperation implementation include Government cost sharing, UN agencies’ core or regular resources, individual UN agencies agreements with development partners (bilateral and multilateral) and the funding available in the UN Coherence Fund.
As a complementary funding mechanisms developed to facilitate the receipt of un-earmarked, multi-year financial commitments by development partners, the UN Coherence Fund has been further adjusted to incorporate lessons learned from the past, and now applies performance-based criteria for resource allocation.
The Programme of Cooperation 2012-2016 is signed by the following participating agencies, funds and programmes: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), International Labour Organization (ILO), International Trade Center (ITC), Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), United Nations Children`s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), United Nations Volunteers (UNV), United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and World Health Organization (WHO), plus the International Organization for Migration (IOM).