Tirana 24 October 2017. To celebrate United Nations Day, twenty-five public and private universities and faculties in Albania signed an agreement committing to play an active role to advance Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. The event organized at the Faculty of Economy Hall brought together Rectors and Deans of public and private Universities and Faculties, teaching staff and students.
This commitment is a collective response to further the critical role that education can play in delivering the Sustainable Development Goals Agenda. University research in strategic areas of development can help inform good policies and find sustainable social, economic, environmental and technical solutions to existing problems. Universities are best placed to pioneer innovation and set an example to other sectors and businesses.
In signing the University Commitment to the SDGs, the universities pledge to promote the principles of the SDGs, utilize their research and education resources to advance the Global Goals, provide scientifically-sound advice to the National Committee on SDGs established early this year. Universities also commit to use the potential of data, through cooperation with INSTAT and other data generation sources to develop new analytical frameworks and tools to harness the complexity of the sustainable development agenda.
The Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Albania Senida Mesi, present at the event highlighted:”
“The Albanian Government shares the full conviction that universities in their academic circles and various student clubs can play a key role for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Through scientific research, seminars and specific conferences, knowledge generated from universities will be a guide to addressing and finding sustainable social, economic, environmental solutions. "
The Minister of Education, Sports and Youth Lindita Nikolli highlighted: “This solemn signing of Albanian universities in such an important United Nations initiative does not merely give these institutions a more engaging role, but it represents a crucial step towards progress within the framework of the ongoing implementation of the Higher Education Reform in Albania. The Sustainable Development Goals Agenda is not only an anti-poverty platform but also a human program and a solidarity agenda”.
The Dean of the Faculty of Economy Dhori Kule, present at the event highlighted: “The economic dimension, as one of the three key SDG dimensions, promotes sustainable economic growth and higher levels of productivity, which are the key to eliminate inequalities. This transformative Agenda calls for intensified cooperation on many fronts, capacity-building, and improvement of statistics and evidence for measuring sustainable development. The university is the best place to start”.
Brian J. Williams, UN Resident Coordinator in Albania underlined: “We are very pleased to see Albanian universities commit to support the country to deliver the next stage of human development. Universities play an irreplaceable role to build the so much needed skilled workforce for the future. Universities can inspire the next generation of job creators through entrepreneurship. Universities help create global citizens and change makers- who can all contribute towards SDG achievements”.
In September 2015, all 193 members of the United Nations adopted a plan to achieve a better future for all – laying out a path over the next 15 years to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and protect the planet. At the heart of “Agenda 2030” are the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which define the world people want to live in – applying to all nations and aiming to leave no one behind.
The SDGs guide UN’s work in Albania. The Government of Albania established a SDG Committee to provide guidance for the achievement of the goals ensuring harmonization of SDGs with other national key strategies. United Nations is working with Government of Albania to mobilize renewed partnerships with academia, business, international development actors and civil society to help the country achieve the Global Goals.