Government of Albania and UN launch Sustainable Development Goals Acceleration Fund

Tuesday, 17 April, 2018

The Deputy Prime Minister of Albania Senida Mesi led a High-Level consultation dedicated to Albania’s progress towards the achievement of Agenda 2030, bringing together government, development partners, civil society and the private sector.  

Participants in the meeting included members of the Sustainable Development Goals Mainstreaming, Acceleration and Policy Support Mission (MAPS) visiting Albania. The Mission is examining available data and Government policies so as to identify areas requiring accelerated actions to achieve the SDGs.  The MAPS Mission is provisionally looking at three clusters of 'accelerator' platforms: governance; green economy growth; and investment in social and human capacities.

Participants discussed national development priorities and how the EU Integration and SDG Agendas are mutually reinforcing, potential SDG 'accelerators, the involvement of the private sector and society in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Albania will present the progress achieved towards SDGs to the 2018 High Level Political Forum of the United Nations in New York, and is preparing its Volunteer National Report. Preparation requires multi-stakeholder engagement including Government, civil-society, private sector, academia and development partners.  Key elements of the report – which will include judicial reform, urban renaissance, a new orientation towards citizen-centric services, gender equality improvement and recovery of the energy sector among other topics - were introduced during the high-level meeting as well.

The Deputy Prime Minister of Albania presented the Albanian SDG Acceleration Fund which aims to finance actions that will accelerate Albania’s achievement of its commitments to the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Deputy Prime Minister Mesi underlined:” Agenda 2030 with its motto" Leave No One behind” is very coherent and timely in the framework of the transformation processes that the Albanian government is undertaking, not only in the framework of the European integration process but also in the area of sustainable development. In this regard, together with the United Nations Country Team and the Ministry of Finance and Economy, we discussed the establishment of a fund to accelerate the achievement of the sustainable development goals and encourage other donors to join. The Swedish and Swiss Governments and other donors present in the meeting today have shown interest in joining this initiative to support the achievement of the SDGs in Albania”.

To learn more about the SDG Acceleration Fund, go here: