Governance and Rule of Law
In our capacity as co-chairs of the Joint Executive Committee, we are delighted to present to
you the 2015 Annual Progress Report for the current Government of Albania–United Nations
Programme of Cooperation 2012-2016.The present report looks back at the fourth
and penultimate year of the Programme’s implementation. It highlights our joint endeavours
to advance human rights, empower women and girls to ensure a more sustainable
future, teach youth skills for better jobs,combat the effects of climate change, improve
basic services for citizens and access to justice,give a boost to the economy, tackle inequalities,
combat corruption and build an inclusive society.
In 2015, Albania held local elections following the new administrative division of the country,
a landmark reform led by the government and supported by the UN. The elections marked
great progress in the political participation of women, with a 50-50 quota on party lists, resulting
in women holding a record-setting 35 percent of municipal council seats across the
country. This should encourage further political participation of women, as well as contribute
to better mainstreaming of gender issues in planning, implementation and monitoring
of local polices and interventions.
In June 2014, Albania received EU candidacy status. In September 2015, Albania adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), alongside all other Member States of the United Nations. In early 2016, the Government issued its National Strategy for Development and (European) Integration (NSDI II) 2015-2020.
These key events and ambitions underpin the United Nations’ Programme of Cooperation for Sustainable Development (PoCSD) with the Government of Albania for sustainable development. Albania’s objective of European integration is a main driver of a broad programme of reform and is a shared political priority. The UN System will assist Albania achieve its SDG targets by supporting the pursuit of full European integration, as expressed in the NSDI, with a rights-based and inclusive approach.
Albania has made much progress over the last five years. Key reforms include a territorial reorganization alongside new local elections in 2015, a decriminalization law and a package of constitutional reforms focused on justice. The Government either met or registered significant progress towards nearly all of the Millennium Development Goals.
The Government of Albania and United Nations Programme of Cooperation for Sustainable Development 2017-2021 Joint Work Plans and Activities 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.
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.
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.
This Annual Progress Report for Albania covers the period January– December 2014. The re port, prepared jointly by the Government of Albania (GoA) and the United Nations (UN), reflects tangible development results accomplished and lessons learned in 2014 from implementation of the Programme of Cooperation (PoC) 2012–2016.
Albania has made significant progress towards achieving the vision, as set out in its National Strategy for Development and Integration (NSDI) 2007–2013 to be “A country with high living standards, which is integrated in the European and Euro–Atlantic structures, is democratic and guarantees the fundamental human rights and liberties.” In recognition of the reform steps undertaken, the country gained EU candidate status on 24 June, 2014.
In response to Albania’s national priorities, the UN in Albania supports the country’s government in four inter-linked and mutually reinforcing priority areas: 1, Governance and Rule of Law; 2, Economy and Environment; 3, Regional and Local Development; and 4, Inclusive Social Policy. These pillars are bound together by UN Albania’s goal to promote sustainable and equitable development, social inclusion and adherence to international norms and fulfilment of international obligations, in support of the integration of the country into the EU. Steered by the programme’s focus, the UN has also played a critical role in supporting policy dialogue on a broad range of issues between the donor community and government. The UN co-chaired the sector working groups on territorial reform, anti-corruption and social inclusion, a role that is very important for forward-looking, upstream planning of assistance, joint actions and the strengthening of line ministries’ capacities.