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At the 2010 MDG Summit, UN Member States called for open, inclusive worldwide consultations involving civil society, the private sector, academia and research institutions, in addition to the UN system, to advance the global development framework beyond 2015, the target date for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
To this end, the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) launched a global consultation on a Post-2015 Development Agenda in a hundred countries in 2012, combined with a set of eleven thematic consultations, on conflict and fragility; education; environmental sustainability; governance; growth and employment; health; hunger, food and nutrition; inequalities; population dynamics; energy; and water.
The results and findings of the thematic, national and regional level consultations were reviewed by the High-Level Panel of eminent persons established by the UN Secretary-General in July 2012 to formulate an inspiring new global Post-2015 Development Agenda. The Panel submitted its landmark Report in May 2013 with recommendations for a universal development framework based on equity, cooperation and mutual accountability, reflecting on new development challenges and lessons from the MDGs implementation.
Albania is one of the fourteen countries from the Eastern Europe and CIS region that participated in the global consultations on the development of post-MDGs agenda. The objective of these consultations was to stimulate discussions on development priorities amongst national stakeholders and to garner inputs from a broad base of civil society - including marginalized groups - that would feed into a shared global vision of “The Future We Want”.
Country consultations were organized in partnership with local authorities, civil society organizations and networks, universities in Tirana, Elbasan, Vlora, Shkodra, and Kukes, trade unions, business associations, etc. Discussions centered around three pillars: youth employment; environmental sustainability; and social inequalities.
More than 2,000 Albanians participated in face-to-face consultations held in 18 districts from the north to the south of the country over a six-month period. In addition, 300 people were consulted through flash polls, while another 500 people voted their priorities online on the MyWorld survey.
Citizens’ panel discussions on the three thematic pillars were aired on the Albanian Public TV and over 5,000 people in Albania followed and participated in the campaign through Facebook, Twitter and You Tube, with young people under 25 representing 65% of the total. Overall, an audience comprised by 60% of women and by 62% by people from urban areas was reached through social media.
The consultations highlighted a wide array of developmental challenges and identified key priorities in terms of sustainability, opportunities, and social inclusion, outlining a vision of the future Albanians want that calls for:
• Stronger role of public institutions for social protection and delivery of basic social services.