Tirana, 24 October 2013 - Senior government officials, Members of Parliament, representatives of international organization, diplomatic corps, non-governmental organizations, scholars, philanthropists, business, media and citizens joined the United Nations Agencies in Albania to celebrate United Nations Day.
This United Nations Day came at a special moment—as Albania has renewed energy in pursuit of two objectives, to complete its unfinished development agenda; and set the country on a path towards EU accession and the global post 2015 development agenda.
The event was greeted by the Albanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Ditmir Bushati who amongst other highlighted:”It is a privilege for me, on behalf of the Government, to extend my thanks to the United Nations for their work in promoting peace and security in the world, as well as a more fair society. Also, allow me to extend my gratitude to all those who during these years, with their work, effort and sacrifice, often even risking their lives, have transformed the United Nations Organization in the personification of hope for a better future around the world.
Albania is proud of its achievements in meeting the Millennium Development Goals and its contribution to the reform of the organization, taking active part in the "One UN" program. We want - relying on these achievements – to qualitatively improve our representation within the UN, aiming the membership in the Council for Human Rights (2015-2017) and the Security Council (2022-2023). For the Albanian government, cooperation with the UN is an ongoing process, depending on the objectives and progress of the country in the path of economic development and democratic transformation”.
The UN Resident Coordinator in Albania Ms. Zineb Toumi - Bjelloun, who spoke on behalf of the United Nations Agencies in Albania amongst others said: “Tonight, I want to express my gratitude to those often forgotten voices who shared their stories, concerns, expectations and priorities about the world they want for themselves and their children. They clearly voiced their priorities in Albania: they asked for more employment opportunities, better education, and better health services. More importantly, they asked for new and more equitable ways of doing things. Change is inevitable. Leadership makes the difference and I want to pay tribute to our main partner- the Government of Albania for the leadership, vision and drive to action and for the trust they have extended to the United Nations in Albania”.
Participants at the event had the opportunity to also watch a video presentation called “We the People of Albania” which highlights some key interventions undertaken by the UN Agencies in Albania and advocates for issues that the UN is strong about such as good governance, environment and social inclusion.
What made the UN Day very special was the United Nations Fair which provided an opportunity for the UN agencies to show their work through several displays. The Fair highlighted UN’s work in the area of social inclusion, children, corruption and crime, environment, gender equality, democratic governance, health and migrants, human rights, food security, safety at work and many more. It also served to convey strong advocacy messages around those issues.
A civil society activist, present at the event said:” The fair provided me with a very good panorama of UN’s work and its impact in country through facts and figures. I left with a few messages in my mind. UN really works”.
The UN Day event also served to convey the gratitude to UN’s development partners for their cooperation with United Nations Agencies in Albania.
24 October, United Nations Day is celebrated across the world. This Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding document, the organization of the United Nations officially came into being. United Nations is present in 193 countries across the globe.