Tirana 23 November 2017- Hundreds of people representing diverse segments of the Albanian society participated in a night run in support of Sustainable Development Goals in Albania called: “Light Up the future, Run4SDG”. The event is organized by United Nations, Telekom-Albania part of the Deutche Telekom group and Tirana Municipality.
The run comes in recognition of the key role that sport plays in promoting many of the cornerstones of the Sustainable Development Goals. It also aims to inform the Albanian public at large that every human being is part of the solution for the sustainable development of the country.
The Mayor of Tirana Erion Veliaj who participated at the run, while addressing hundreds of people called on them to be at the forefront of a national drive to lead Tirana and the rest of Albania on course to a more sustainable future. He said everyone has a role to play and play it today”.
The UN Resident Coordinator in Albania Brian Williams underlined: “I am heartened by the number of people who are running with us today. “Sports plays an invaluable role in promoting values that serve development. This is a refreshing, active expression of the shared commitment to a world where no one is left behind—as promised by the SDG agenda.
Ornela Bego, Telekom Representative underlined:” WE are very happy to partner with the UN and Tirana Municipality in this night run in support of the SDGs. Telekom Albania is the right partner in this campaign. With its human and technological resources, the company has been at the forefront of initiatives which aim at improving education opportunities and health of people, fighting exclusion and reduce the effects of climate change. Technology can bring about change and we are ready to strengthen our engagement and our actions for a more positive impact on Albanian society. "
UN and Telekom have joined efforts to bring SDGs closer to students, teachers, businesses, to the academic world and to communities at large. The campaign aims to engage people to be part of the solution. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are adopted in 2015 by 193 nations cover all three dimensions of sustainable development – the social, environmental and economic. The achievement of Agenda 2030 requires different sectors and actors to work together by pooling financial resources, knowledge and expertise. It also requires establishment of partnerships with policy makers, civil society, and the business sector to generate multi-sectoral solutions to achieve the Global Goals. As such, companies are also called upon to make concrete contributions