Environment and Climate Change

Joint Work Plan and Activities

Joint Work Plan 2017-2018 - Outcome 4 Enviornment and Climate Change

Joint Work Plan 2018-2019 - Outcome 4 Enviornment and Climate Change

Joint Work Plan 2019-2020 - Outcome 4 Enviornment and Climate Change

The Government of Albania and United Nations Programme of Cooperation for Sustainable Development 2017-2021 identifies four major outcomes that respond to priorities that are aligned with the NSDI 2015-2020 and Sustainable Development Goals. Each Outcome is assigned to a Result Group (Outcome Group) providing oversight and support for planning, monitoring and evaluation for results-based management and performance-based funding.

Outcome Groups advise the Joint Executive Committee and UN Country Team, as appropriate, on opportunities and challenges linked to the implementation of the Programme of Cooperation for Sustainable Development 2017-2021. Outcome Groups are responsible for operationalizing the Programme through development and oversight of 2-year rolling Outcome Joint Work plans. The Joint Work Plans describe the specific joint results to be achieved - both at the outcome and output level- and form an agreement between the UN system agencies and Government on the use of resources.   Outcome Groups are positioned within the existing national coordination architecture – Integrated Policy Management Groups - to maximize coordination and minimize additional transaction costs. Each Outcome Group is led by the Outcome Co-Chairs, namely Chair of the relevant Integrated Policy Management Group and one or two UN Heads of Agencies.  Outcome Groups bring together Government, UN and development partners in their deliberations.

Each Outcome Group is comprised by UN Output Working Groups with the participation of the government and development partners that contribute to the specific outcome. At the technical level, under the leadership of the Outcome Co-Chairs, the Output Working Groups prepare, implement and monitor the Joint Work Plans.

Financial Overview

This section provides an overview of the financial resources required, available and projected to be available/ mobilized, for the delivery of outputs (and activities, when applicable) defined in the Joint Work Plans per each Outcome of the Government of Albania and United Nations Programme of Cooperation for Sustainable Development 2017-2021.

An estimated available budget of USD 20 million is planned for the implementation of UN initiatives in support of the country’s priorities in 2017. In addition, UN agencies will engage in the mobilization of another USD 14 million through the support of partners in the country – government and other partners.

Meanwhile, the full PoCSD 2017-2021 implementation requires USD 108 million worth of technical assistance and investments over five years, using core resources from the global UN system but also drawing on local financial support from development partners and the government.

For detailed information on the breakdown of funds per outcome, please see information on the Joint Work Plans.

Financial Information 2017 - Outcome 4 Environment and Climate Change

Partners

Successful implementation of this outcome will require the contributions of multiple partners, including:

  • Line Ministries (Ministry of Environment; Ministry of Energy and Industry; Ministry of Interior Affairs; Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Water Administration; Ministry of Urban Development; Ministry of Education; Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth)
  • Local Governments
  • Academia
  • Civil Society
  • Communities
  • Networks on sustainability
  • Schools and teachers
  • Business community
  • Development partners
  • Man and Biosphere Committee
  • Environmental Inspectorate
  • National Environmental Protection Agency
  • Prosecutors’ offices
  • Local courts

UN Agencies that will contribute to outcome 4 are: FAO, UNDP, UNESCO, UNEP, UNECE, UNIDO and IAEA.

Participating UN Agencies

UN Agencies that will contribute to outcome 4 are: FAO, UNDP, UNESCO, UNEP, UNECE, UNIDO and IAEA.

For more information, please see Joint Work Plan 2047-2018 - Outcome 4 Enviornment and Climate Change.

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:

SDG

Target

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

Delivering for development in Albania (third edition)

1 December, 2016

Dear partners and UN friends.

We are pleased to present the third edition of our quarterly newsletter. News contained here, highlight our joint endeavours to advance human rights, empower women and girls to ensure a more sustainable future, combat the effects of climate change, access to justice, improve basic service for citizens, give a boost to the economy, tackle inequalities, combat corruption and build an inclusive society. With the adoption of 2030 Agenda and the sustainable development goals, 2016 presents an unprecedented opportunity to embark on a new path to improve the lives of people in Albania. You can find more detailed information, through the links provided. We recommend this newsletter to a wide audience to gain more insight into our work, results and impact.

Delivering for development in Albania (first edition)

9 June, 2016

Dear partners and UN friends.We are pleased to present the first edition of our quarterly newsletter.

News contained here, highlight our joint endeavours to advance human rights, empower women and girls to ensure a more sustainable future, combat the effects of climate change, access to justice, improve basic service for citizens, give a boost to the economy, tackle inequalities, combat corruption and build an inclusive society. With the adoption of 2030 Agenda and the sustainable development goals, 2016 presents an unprecedented opportunity to embark on a new path to improve the lives of people in Albania. You can find more detailed information, through the links provided. We recommend this newsletter to a wide audience to gain more insight into our work, results and impact.

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UN Annual Progress Report 2013

10 February, 2014

Dear Partners and Colleagues,

As the Co-chairs of the Joint Executive Committee, we are pleased to present to you the 2013 Annual Progress Report for the Government of Albania-United Nations Programme of Cooperation 2012 - 2016.

This report highlights tangible development results achieved over the course of the year and outlines substantive areas where the United Nations (UN) has partnered with the country as it advances in its most important goal of integration in the European Union (EU). The partnership between the UN and Albania is wide ranging from rule of law, governance, economy, environment, regional and local development and inclusive policies.

A unique set of integrated management arrangements brings together senior representatives of both government and participating UN agencies. Such arrangements have proven instrumental to joint decision-making, have simplified planning and reporting. Furthermore, as this report highlights, such arrangements have enhanced programmatic synergies, forged national ownership – fundamental for effective development cooperation and focus on results. This has allowed us to deliver more and better, enhance accountability and improve coherence.

A Parliamentary election in 2013 brought to power a new coalition government with a new programme and vision. Albania today, has renewed energy and dynamism in pursuit of its objectives: to set the country on a path towards EU accession and play a lead role in shaping the post-2015 Agenda. And the momentum is building around this process which must be bold in ambition yet simple in design, supported by a new partnership for development.

Mid Year update of the implementation of the current Government of Albania-UN Programme of Cooperation 2012-2016

4 October, 2016

Continuing on the ‘Deliver as One’ path, 8 resident and 7 non-resident agencies of UN Albania continue to combine their expertise and experience in support of Albania’s development priorities, providing more coherence, better results and greater impacts in the country.

Outcome 1 - Human Rights

  • OUTPUT 1.1 NORMATIVE REPORTING, TRACKING AND QUALITY
  • OUTPUT 1.2 ACCESS TO JUSTICE AND CIVIL SOCIETY SUPPORT
  • OUTPUT 1.3 ELIMINATING VIOLENCE IN SOCIETY
  • OUTCOME CHAIR -MR. DAVID SAUNDERS, UN WOMEN REPRESENTATIVE

Human Rights and gender equality considerations guide interactions between citizens and institutions.