Albania and UN renew commitment on sustainable development

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The Albanian government and the United Nations Country Team in Albania announced on Monday to have renewed their joint program for the upcoming five years.

Deputy prime minister Arben Ahmetaj and the UN Resident Coordinator Fiona McCluney signed the joint Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework 2022-2026.

The program, totaling to $282 million, aims to provide assistance on key priorities, including EU membership, good governance, rule of law as well as improving the quality of health and education.

Deputy premier Ahmetaj announced that the agreement will begin to be implemented next January and is set to last until 2026.

“The approval of the agenda marks a historical cornerstone for the global sustainable development and, of course even for Albania, which has moved rapidly to accelerate its rigorous implementation in every cell, under the motto ‘let’s not leave anyone behind’. This motto has become an inclusive topic for all our efforts and reflects the 2020-2022 budget, that we, the Albanian government, passed last week during the Council of Ministers meeting”, said Ahmetaj.

McCluney said that the document intends to deepen cooperation and enhance support for Albania and its citizens in specific areas.

“The cooperation framework has several objectives, such as European integration. It will support Albania in achieving the stages and fill in the gaps in this process”, said McCluney.

The signing ceremony was held during an activity that marked the 76th anniversary of the United Nations, held at the Palace of Brigades in Tirana.

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