Links with NSDI priorities and the SDGs

The outcome is expected to support the GoA to achieve National Strategy for Development and (European) Integration (NSDI II) 2015-2020 priority 6 for greater connectivity in country infrastructure and the sustainable use of resources. The NSDI II adopts a broad definition of ‘infrastructure’ comprising energy, transport, natural resources and the environment, agriculture, mining, tourism, and water. Investments are central to meeting the standards of the EU Acquis and are expected to expand opportunities for business and the economy, and to increase people’s well-being.

To contribute to this outcome, the expected outputs and initiatives of UN programme support will support the GoA to find greater balance in the use of ecosystem resources. The UN will promote knowledge and awareness about sustainable development and support the government at national and local levels to anticipate and cope with the effects of climate change, emergencies and disasters. Strong links with the NSDI II include:

  • Dynamic and balanced regional development;
  • A healthy and sustainable environment;.
  • A cost-effective and sustainable energy system;
  • Expanded and improved water supply and waste management systems; and
  • Strengthened territorial, spatial, and urban planning.

In addition, the UN will support the GoA to reduce fragmentation and strengthen coordination with the system for emergency preparedness and disaster risk management, which is under NSDI II priority 1.


UN programme support will also contribute to GoA efforts to achieve several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets from the following list:



Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls


Goal 6Ensure access to water and sanitation for all


5.a Undertake reforms to give women equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to ownership and control over land and other forms of property, financial services, inheritance and natural resources, in accordance with national laws


6.5 By 2030, implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate



Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all





Goal 11 Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

7.3 By 2030, double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency

7.a By 2030, enhance international cooperation to facilitate access to clean energy research and technology, including renewable energy, energy efficiency

7.1 By 2030, ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services

7.3 By 2030, double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency

7.a By 2030, enhance international cooperation to facilitate access to clean energy research and technology, including renewable energy, energy efficiency


11b. By 2020, substantially increase the number of cities and human settlements adopting and implementing integrated policies and plans towards inclusion, resource efficiency, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, resilience to disasters, and develop and implement, in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, holistic disaster risk management at all levels

Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

12.2 By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources

12.4 By 2020, achieve the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle, in accordance with agreed international frameworks, and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil in order to minimize their adverse impacts on human health and the environment

Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

13.1 Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries

13.2 Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning

13.3 Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning

Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

14.2 By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans

14.5 By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information

Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, ,.., halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

15.1 By 2020, ensure the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of terrestrial and inland freshwater ecosystems and their services, in particular forests, wetlands, mountains and drylands, in line with obligations under international agreements

15.3 By 2020, combat desertification, and restore degraded land and soil, including land affected by desertification, drought and floods, and strive to achieve a land-degradation neutral world

15.9 By 2020, integrate ecosystem and biodiversity values into national and local planning, development processes, poverty reduction strategies and accounts