A meeting on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals – Agenda 2030 in Kosovo was held in Assembly of Kosovo building
In the wake of the implementation of the Resolution on the Approval of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) – Agenda 2030 in Kosovo, adopted by the Assembly of Kosovo, a meeting between representatives of the Assembly, United Nations Organizations, the Office of the Prime Minister, Association of Kosovo Municipalities, Kosovo Agency of Statistics, and other relevant institutions regarding the establishment of the cross-institutional mechanism for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
On behalf of the President of the Assembly, Mr. Kadri Veseli, his Advisor Ms. Valdete Idrizi emphasized the commitment and support of the Assembly’s President for the putting the Resolution in life, as well as for the initiative regarding the establishment of this institutional mechanism.
Besa Baftiu, Chair of the Parliamentary Committee on Health, Labor and Social Welfare, as well as the chairperson of this meeting, stated that the SDGs will be a good pathway for Kosovo’s institutions in terms of internal development, while stressing the importance of Kosovo proving its commitment to joining the other states in contributing to international development processes.
UN Development Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for Kosovo, Ms. Ulrika Richardson said that Kosovo has all the resources for achieving these goals while stressing the need for engagement of all levels of governance for the implementation of the SDGs Resolution. Also, Richardson stressed the importance of adopting the Resolution on SDGs by the Assembly of Kosovo, and described experiences from parliaments of other countries about the achievement of the SDGs.
“Without peace, there is no development, and without development, there is no peace,” said Richardson.
The Secretary General of the Assembly, Mr. Ismet Krasniqi, in addressing the audience, noted that the SDGs requests synergies for which the Assembly will play a key role for coordination of local policy development towards implementing the global Agenda 2030 for sustainable development. Secretary Krasniqi said that the Administration of the Assembly will carry out its work for a more functional and accountable Assembly vis-à-vis the SDG-related processes through the provision of the professional support.
Other members and Heads of Parliamentary Committees who contributed to the discussion are: Mexhide Mjaku-Topalli, Duda Balje, Blerta Deliu-Kodra, Ismajl Kurteshi and Albulena Haxhiu, Head of the UN agencies in Kosovo: N L Narasimha Rao/UNHCR Macula/UNWOMEN, Brandao Co/UNICEF, Diego Carrido/ World Bank, Visare Mujko Nimani/UNFPA, Ardita Tahirukaj/WHO also Ibrahim Rrustemi/ Kosovo Statistics Agency, Sazan Ibrahimi/Association of Kosovo Municipalities, and Vedat Sagonjeva/ Strategic Planning Office of the Prime Ministry