UN in Albania

Welcome to the United Nations in Albania!

As a family of specialized agencies, the UN in Albania works closely with the Government and other partners including civil society, academia and the private sector, to fight poverty, strengthen the rule of law, empower women, promote human rights and fundamental freedoms, protect the environment and support economic and social reforms.

In harmonizing these actions, the UN in Albania takes its inspiration from the United Nations Charter, the overarching instrument of the UN, as well as more recent agreements reached by world leaders, such as the Sustainable Development Goals that address many of the complex challenges the world faces.

Through a coherent country programme the UN fully supports and works towards the complementary agendas of: Albania’s Goal of European Union integration, national priorities expressed in the National Strategy for Development and Integration as well as harmonization and aid effectiveness. This includes Albania’s commitment to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

The United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Albania consists of 17 UN agencies, funds and programmes in Albania.   The UNCT works "as one" to support Albania  in achieving the SDGs  and Albania’s  National Development Goals through a people-centered, rights-based approach to development as outlined in the One Programme  the combined planning framework for all the UN organizations in Albania  participating in the One UN Initiative.

The UNCT is led by the UN Resident Coordinator as the senior UN official in Albania. Designated the "One Leader" under the One UN Initiative, the RC takes the lead on common issues that require the UN Country Team to speak with one voice, and presents a common UN position. He guides the strategic development and management of the One UN Initiative and promotes joint decisions including all representatives of the participating UN organizations.

The UN Resident Coordinator's Office provides direct support to the UN Resident Coordinator and the UN Country Team, including technical, organizational and management support. It also helps coordinate the work of non-resident UN organizations. Coordinating development operations promotes more strategic support for national plans and priorities, makes operations more efficient and reduces transaction costs for governments. This helps the UN to be a more relevant and reliable partner for the government.

17 resident and non-resident UN Agencies are part of the Government of Albania and United NationsProgramme of Cooperation for Sustainable Development 2017-2021

Last updated: 8/06/2017