Wednesday, 21 September, 2016

United Nations Agencies in Albania celebrated the first anniversary of the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals with a week of action, awareness and accountability for sustainable development. The Campaign aimed to increase awareness about the Goals, connect and engage with people across the country.The Global Goals Week in Albania started with Social Good Summit. Recognizing that the voices and ideas of concerned citizens connected by social media and technology can be powerful forces for change, the Summit helped expand UN`s conversation with another group: Students, innovators, activists.The event brought together around 170 students from the Information Technology Vocational School to talk about the role of technology and social media as powerful forces for change and for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.Three panellists discussed with students about digital presence, internet marketing techniques, and benefits of using open source technologies in Albania.The Minister of Social Welfare and Youth Blendi Klosi and the UN Resident Coordinator, Brian Williams attended the event. In his opening remarks Minister Klosi highlighted the relevance of digital skills in gaining successful employment.On the other hand Mr. Williams underlined that technology is the best ally which gives everyone a voice and connects voices from all over the world. He went on to say: “The Sustainable Development Goals Agenda guides our work at the UN. The UN Country team is committed to support Albania in taking bold and transformative steps to ensure that none is left behind”.
As part of the week, UN partnered with a number of schools across the country to educate students about the Sustainable Development Goals using The World`s Largest Lesson. This aims to help students understand the significance of the new global goals to their futures, and the crucial role they can play in realising them. Around 500 students participated at the sessions so far.
The Albanian Youth Network and Young Women Christian Organization organized a series of SDG awareness events in five regions of Albania involving students and civil society organizations.
A number of civil society organization present in seven regions of the country, dedicated this month`s Orange Day to SDG 5. Events engaged women and men, young and old, in a lively conversation about gender equality, women`s empowerment.