On September 21, 2018, the colleagues of REC- Country Office Macedonia had a productive meeting with UNECE representatives, responsible for the implementation of the project “Evidence‐based environmental governance and sustainable environmental policies in support of the 2030 Agenda in South‐East Europe”, where UNECE expressed their willingness to cooperate with the REC. This project is also a regional one, very similar to the one implemented by the REC, “Implementation of SDGs in the Western Balkans”. The beneficiary countries for the UNECE project are: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. In Macedonia, the beneficiary institution is Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning (MoEPP), and the project will be focused mainly on those SDGs which are closely related to environmental aspects. In the case of the REC’s project the main beneficiary institution is the Cabinet of the Vice Prime Minister, among other stakeholders.
Regarding specific activities within the UNECE SDG project, this institution will carry out a need assessment to determine and address gaps identified in the reviews between current conditions and desired achievements of relevant SDGs, among the potential results of this document, it might be considered the proposal for the development of a national action plan.
UNECE will be welcomed in the upcoming event of the REC within the framework of the project “Implementation of SDGs in the Western Balkans”, where representatives of this institution will present their work in one of the sessions of the course. The objective of this regional course (five- day programme) is to enhance capacities and improve knowledge on Sustainable Development Goals, the interrelations of different targets and the achieved results for the National Focal Points for SDG implementation and improve understanding of the priority actions in the targeted Countries. The key beneficiaries of this course will be: key leaders in the fields of politics, public service, business, NGOs and media (30-35 participants). During the course, there will be a focus on the priority goals of the targeted countries. The course envisages the use of lectures, interactive sessions, field visits, and simulations.