Press Release

Vodafone commits to work with UN agencies to support the Sustainable Development Goals in Albania

10 December 2021

UN Resident Coordinator in Albania Fiona McCluney and Vodafone Albania CEO Katia Stathaki sign cooperation agreement

UN Resident Coordinator Fiona McCluney and Vodafone Albania CEO Katia Stathaki have signed a cooperation agreement that supports Albania’s drive to attain the Sustainable Development Goals.

The ‘Joint Declaration of Intent concerning cooperation in meeting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Albania’ projects a strategic partnership focusing on some of the most pressing issues that need to be addressed globally, from poverty, climate, environmental protection, health and gender-based violence.

Caption: Screening of UN Global Compact video: When businesses unite, they can be a powerful force for good by upholding universal principles in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption.

The United Nations in Albania works with the country’s Government and a wide range of development partners, including the private sector, to maximize support and accelerate the implementation of Albania's commitments to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which were adopted by the international community in 2015.

Speaking to the media during the signing event, Ms. McCluney underlined the important role that cooperation with the private sector has, especially in the face of the challenges posed by the pandemic.

“We are living in extraordinary times and the Covid-19 pandemic is teaching us that global challenges can be tackled and overcome only through coordinated action. Business is a vital partner of the UN in achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which explicitly call on and present an opportunity for the private sector to apply their creativity, innovation, and financing to address the biggest sustainable development challenges," Ms. McCluney said.

Caption: UN Resident Coordinator Fiona McCluney

Ms. Stathaki expressed optimism for the role that technology can play in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and in the fight against the major problems that the world, including Albania, faces today.

“On behalf of Vodafone Albania, I want to express my pride that we are signing this agreement with the United Nations in Albania today. Technology can help reduce inequalities by providing access to basic services, such as e-health or online education. It can also be used by governments to network citizens through e-government tools and improve stakeholder engagement and information management. We truly believe that Vodafone technology can be made available to Albanian citizens to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals together," Ms. Stathaki said.

Caption: Vodafone Albania CEO, Katia Stathaki

As part of the agreement, Vodafone Albania commits to providing technology and Internet of Things (IoT) products to assist UN agencies in Albania in delivering sustainable development. In the words of Vodafone representatives, this commitment adds to investments that the company has undertaken in campaigns and initiatives with social impact, from the environment and the economy, to efforts to halt violence against women.

Vodafone commits to work with UN agencies to support the Sustainable Development Goals in Albania

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Guri Daco

RCO
Communications and Advocacy Officer

UN entities involved in this initiative

FAO
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
ILO
International Labour Organization
IOM
International Organization for Migration
ITU
International Telecommunication Union
UN Women
United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
UNCTAD
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
UNDP
United Nations Development Programme
UNDRR
UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
UNECE
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
UNEP
United Nations Environment Programme
UNESCO
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
UNFPA
United Nations Population Fund
UNHCR
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
UNICEF
United Nations Children’s Fund
UNIDO
United Nations Industrial Development Organization
UNODC
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
UNOPS
United Nations Office for Project Services
UNV
United Nations Volunteers
WHO
World Health Organization