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Stakeholders around the globe discuss United Nations reform Conference on Regional Development Albania towards UN Conference on Sustainable Development, RIO+20 UNODC Executive Director pays first visit to Albania Drug awareness program World Bank supports modernization of social assistance Italy supports equipment of polyclinics of Tirana, Korça, Gjirokaster and Peshkopia Ministry of Health launches the 2012 – 2016 National Strategy for Contraceptive Security Italy launches project Social enterprise: instrument of self-administration for the Albanian population – phase I Swiss Cooperation Ensures Further Close Collaboration to Minister of Health National Geographic promote Albania and the Western Balkans Region New Multicultural Centre and Tourist Information Office in Përmet Solar water heating and photovoltaic systems installed in the remote village of Theth as a sustainable model for fighting poverty OSCE/ODIHR highlights importance of women’s leadership in political parties UN Women launches manual on Community Based Scorecards Donors presented with concrete results to advance gender equality in the Albanian State Police Conference co-organized by OSCE Presence highlights need for parliamentary ethics in Albania New Waste Management Solutions for Regional and Local Government EU and UNDP expand their support for the Roma and Egyptian communities in Albania Activities on International Children’s Day A field visit in Elbasan: An insight into a local child protection mechanism Fair of Ideas organized to empower civil society in rural and remote areas USAID-supported organization to strengthen justice sector in Albania A better protection system for witnesses in Albania USAID Supports Law School for Journalists USAID Supports Continuing Legal Education Program in Albania Sida International Training Programme OSCE Presence in Albania donates computers, trains staff of Justice Ministry’s prison service EU funds bring the Bank of Albania closer to the National Banks of EU Member States Coaching for Employment creates New Opportunities for Disadvantaged Groups Launching of Nutrition Communication Activities Partnering with local governments and communities to establish baby friendly communities Success Story: Albanian organic products closer to niche EU market

 Photo: UN Resident Coordinator in Albania, Zineb Touimi-Benjelloun, Head of Division for UN, Simon Koppers, Chair of the UNDG, Helen Clark and Deputy Prime Minister of Albania, Edmond Haxhinasto at the closing session of Delivering as One Tirana Conference.

ing as One approach the UN development system has been better positioned to apply the kind of integrated policy solutions and responses needed to address the multi-dimensional and interlinked challenges of our time”. In his opening speech the Albanian Minister of Innovation and ICT, Genc Pollo said: “The Albanian Government appreciates especially the new vision that the One UN initiative has brought the coherence and cooperation among UN agencies and national and international partners, thus guaranteeing full leadership of the government in the implementation of this initiative.” Throughout the conference, government representatives from more than 40 countries, representatives from donor governments and senior UN officials expressed their strong commitment to take Delivering as One beyond the current stage and to bring about a more coherent, efficient and effective UN development system. The final Outcome Document approved by all participants at the closing session of the fifth high level conference on Delivering as One in Tirana amongst others states: “We reaffirm that Delivering as One (DaO) constitutes an important and unique reform initiative for achieving a more coherent, efficient and effective UN, as the most legitimate, universal and representative forum to address the global development agenda. Through sharing best practices and lessons learned, we have highlighted the benefits of the DaO process, have identified the challeng-

es encountered in its implementation and have built a process upon the experience gained, aiming at the same time to mobilize wide-spread support to those efforts in helping to reinforce delivering of better development results at country level.” Pilot countries and self-starters have also expressed their determination to strongly advocate what DaO has achieved at the country level and its further potential to deliver transformational development change and constitute a catalyst for UN reform if properly pursued and expanded. Deputy Prime Minister Edmond Haxhinasto, during his speech amongst others noted: “Today, with the outcome document that we have just adopted, we are developing a blueprint on how the operational activities of the UN could be delivered with higher efficiency in the benefit not only for a part of the member countries but for the wider membership.” The Chair of the United Nations Development Group, Helen Clark, addressed the participants at the closing ceremony highlighting the importance of the concrete recommendations adopted at the Tirana Conference while urging to resolutely mobilize support among the broad UN membership to take the ambition forward in the upcoming discussions in the General Assembly on the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review of UN system operational activities. For more information on Tirana Conference please visit: www.dao5conference.org

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