Links with NSDI priorities and the SDGs

This outcome cuts across and contributes to National Strategy for Development and (European) Integration (NSDI II) 2015-2020 priorities to ensure growth through: increased competitiveness and innovation (priority 4) and greater connectivity in country infrastructure and the sustainable use of resources (priority 6). To capitalise on the EU accession process and greater access to regional and international markets, the GoA has stressed the need to increase the productivity and competitiveness of Albanian workers and businesses. To contribute to this outcome, the expected outputs and initiatives of UN programme support will: Develop the capacities of central and local governments to deliver effective economic support services, draw on the convening skills and expertise of the UN to enhance  labour market governance, including tripartite dialogue and collective bargaining, strengthen policies and strategies for sustainable rural development and agricultural  modernization that also  empower rural women, and introduce measures to promote cultural diversity and heritage as a vehicle for increased and sustainable tourism. Strong links with the NSDI II include:

  • The promotion of business and foreign direct investment;
  • Safe and competitive markets
  • A cost-effective and sustainable energy system based on market principles;
  • Diversified agricultural and agro-food sector;
  • Dynamic and balanced regional development; and
  • A recognized and attractive tourism industry


UN programme support will also contribute to GoA efforts to achieve several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets from the following list:



Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere Goal

1.b Create sound policy frameworks at the national, regional and international levels, based on pro-poor and gender-sensitive development strategies, to support accelerated investment in poverty eradication actions

Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

2.4 By 2030, ensure sustainable food production systems and implement resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and production, that help maintain ecosystems, that strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change, extreme weather, drought, flooding and other disasters and that progressively improve land and soil quality

2.a Increase investment, including through enhanced international cooperation, in rural infrastructure, agricultural research and extension services, technology development and plant and livestock gene banks in order to enhance agricultural productive capacity in developing countries, in particular least developed countries

Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

5.a Undertake reforms to give women equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to ownership and control over land and other forms of property, financial services, inheritance and natural resources, in accordance with national laws

5.4 Recognize and value unpaid care and domestic work through the provision of public services, infrastructure and social protection policies, and the promotion of shared responsibility within the household and the family as nationally appropriate.

Goal 8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all


8.2 Achieve higher levels of economic productivity through diversification, technological upgrading and innovation, including through a focus on high-value added and labour-intensive sectors

8.3 Promote development-oriented policies that support productive activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and encourage the formalization and growth of MSMEs, including through access to financial services

8.5 By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value

8.6 By 2020 substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training.

8.8 Protect labour rights and promote safe and secure working environments of all workers, including migrant workers, particularly women migrants, and those in precarious employment

Goal 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation


9.1 Develop quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, including regional and trans border infrastructure, to support economic development and human well-being, with a focus on affordable and equitable access for all

9.4 By 2030, upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes

Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

11.4 Strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage

11.a Support positive economic, social and environmental links between urban, peri-urban and rural areas by strengthening national and regional development planning

Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

12.b Develop and implement tools to monitor sustainable development impacts for sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products