Tirana, 21 January 2012 - United Nations Agencies in Albania started today a round of national consultations around the country to seek citizen’s views on the kind of future they want for themselves, their children, their communities, and their country. The purpose of the consultation with youth representatives is to gather their views and perspectives on the issues related to the decent employment of youth. The consultation will include an overview of youth employment challenges in Albania, with a focus on the difficulties youth face in entering and remaining in the labour market, underemployment and informal employment.
The first consultation took place in Librazhd in partnership with World Vision. Young people between 16 and 20, came together to discuss issues related to youth employment. A presentation was made on the Post 2015 agenda and the Millennium Development Goals.
Young people spoke about challenges they face every day, lack of investments in the area, referred to some kind of apathy existing among the young generation and the lack of possibilities for short term employment, internship schemes or vocational training programmes. The internship schemes should be enforced to the companies by law—Entela—a student who is teaching culinary at the high professional school of LIbrazhd, said. Students spoke about equal opportunities to be given to people with disabilities and vulnerable groups. They emphasized that more should be done to encourage tourism development in the area, amongst others, as an engine for economic development.
Diamant, an aspiring doctor, said that young generation should be the agents of change and make Librazhd a great place to live in. Development and opportunities should be created here not somewhere else. Change is in our hands, it does not come from the others. Diamant believes that cooperation is the key to success. He said people should think of the interest of the community rather than personal interest only.
Such discussions and findings will contribute to the drafting of the Post 2015 Global development Agenda. These discussions will also contribute to the new employment strategy, especially its youth employment component.
In 2000, all countries have pledged to meet eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) - from halving extreme poverty, halting the spread of HIV / AIDS to providing universal primary education - all by 2015. Progress towards reaching these goals has been uneven. Some countries have achieved many of the goals, while others are not well on track to realize them. New Goals have to be decided and agreed upon collectively. What will the next goals be beyond 2015? How does the next world development agenda will look like?
The UN has initiated a large consultation process in several countries of the world to design new development priorities after 2015. Albania is one of the countries where consultations are taking place. Such consultations are intended to foster an inclusive multi-stakeholder process and advocate for a Post-2015 development agenda informed by national and local priorities. As such the voices and priorities of citizens, civil society groups, and independent experts will influence the design of the renewed agenda.
The national consultations in Albania will be organized around the three mutually reinforcing themes of youth employment, inequalities and environmental sustainability. These consultations will be conducted through citizen panels with the aim to capture the voices of the poor and marginalized, of children, youth and women.
Zineb Touimi-Benjelloun, UN Resident Coordinator in Albania, said:”Today we are initiating the national consultations for the international development agenda which will take us all beyond 2015. It will certainly take time and patience to reach a consensus around a renewed global development agenda but we are confident of its results.”
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