UN Resident Coordinator McCluney welcomes the new cohort of UN Albania Youth Advisory Group
23 June 2023
13 young activists from across Albania, representing the new cohort of the UN Albania Youth Advisory Group (UNYAG), had their first constitutive meeting today at the premises of UN Albania. They were welcomed by the UN Resident Coordinator in Albania, Ms Fiona McCluney.
UNYAG's role is to advise the UN Albania Country Team (UNCT) on matters related to youth engagement and more. The previous cohort of UNYAG supported the UNCT in the development stage of the current Albania-UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework 2022-2026 and undertook various youth engagement initiatives in cooperation with different UN agencies in Albania. This is the second cohort of UNYAG since its establishment in 2020. Members of UNYAG have an initial mandate of one year, which can be extended for another year.
"For us at the UN, it is of paramount importance to have active, passionate, game-changing youth like all of you engaging as volunteers in the role of young advisors. Together we want to walk a path of innovation and strong youth engagement to deliver on the SDGs", said Ms. Fiona McCluney as she welcomed the newly selected UNYAG members them to her office.
The new UNYAG members and RC McCluney engaged in a conversation focused on the UN values, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the UN Youth Strategy 2030, discussing the role of Albanian youth in translating the global vision into local action by working to engage more youth, especially those in the most disadvantaged areas of the country.
Engagement with young people is relevant to all work areas of the UN in Albania under the current GoA-UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) 2022-26.