Mr. Vice President,
I want to thank the President of the General Assembly, Mr. Abdulla Shahid and the Secretary-General, Mr. Antonio Guterres for their remarks.
We align with the statement of the European Union and would like to make the following remarks on our national capacity.
I believe that the main objective we are gathered here for, performing this exercise, is to make the UN functional and to ensure that multilateralism is delivering for the prosperity of people, as entrusted to us by the UN Charter. It is also my understanding, that what matters after all, is the outcome of our actions, how we address the needs of our people and our planet.
Not having yet declared victory in the fight against Covid-19, now we are dealing with an unprovoked and sensless war in Ukraine, a prominent threat to international peace and security, caused by unlawful actions of the Russian Federation. We condemn Russia for this aggression and are horrified by the consequences and its humanitarian impact. These threats remind us once more of the importance of multilateralism, the reasons of the foundation of this esteemed body and, to come to the theme of today’s cluster, of the importance of “enhancing international cooperation”, especially in the light of the evolving humanitarian crises.
Mr. Vice President,
Albania is a small country and we know by our own experience the true value of working and building through partnerships with other member states, international and regional organizations, financial and development institutions. When celebrating 75th Anniversary of the UN Charter we promised in the name of the multilateralism to boost partnerships across the whole of society.
We strongly support efforts for a more inclusive UN. The involvement of a wide range of stakeholders with direct interest in the matter, from local civil society groups to state actors and regional organizations in affected locations, could create the necessary long-term conditions for conflict prevention to peace-building, and sustainable development. Meeting global challenges through partnerships for inclusive solutions is also the laitmotive of our SC mandate.
With regards to cooperation with the UN, this inclusive approach is proving itself effective in my country. We signed with the UN Office in Tirana, in October 2021, the current United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework 2022-2026, focused on our country priorities, based on the appliances of cross-sectorial and multi-stakeholder partnerships.
Secondly, Albania strongly supports youth empowerment in the UN agenda and any proposal for consolidated networks of young UN members. Albania is supporting, for the third year in succession, the Program of Albanian Youth Delegates to the United Nations, a program established and led by United Nations Association – Albania. The program is a special platform through which two young people, every year, receive the title of Albania’s Youth Delegates to the UN and become part of the national delegation of the Republic of Albania to the UN General Assembly.
The vision “UN 2.0” could serve as a very good incentive for the young generations, through the proposals of the “quintet of change”, as envisaged in the report of OCA.
Thirdly, we support SG’s ideas for creating an Advisory Group on Local and Regional Governments. This could enhance cooperation with local authorities and bring UN even closer to people needs and make it fit for purpose. A dedicated focal point for civil society would be very useful in creating space and networks for a better cohesion.
Finally, Albania is candidate country of the European Union and accession to the European family remains our top priority of the foreign policy agenda. We are also member of several regional European organizations. In this context, we strongly support the initiative to bring representatives of regional organizations closer to UN, also by organizing annual meetings, to promote dialogue and establish cooperation with them.