Implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in countries of the Western Balkans

Implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in countries of the Western Balkans

Source of funding


Name of client/donor

German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety; Umwelt Bundesamt (Advisory Assistance programme)

Overall project value

EUR 340,000


November 2017 – October 2020

Beneficiary countries

Albania | FYR Macedonia | Montenegro

Number of staff


In 2015, world leaders agreed on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 169 targets contained in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SD), as well as the means for their implementation, follow-up, and review. The 2030 Agenda is a plan of action for people, the planet, prosperity, peace and partnership, which all 193 Member States of the United Nations agreed to implement. For the successful implementation of the SDGs, their inclusion and mainstreaming into national policies, plans and strategies is crucial.

The overall goal of the project “Implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in Countries of the Western Balkans” is to provide targeted support to the National SDG implementation bodies in Albania, FYR Macedonia and Montenegro to cope with the challenges of implementing the UN 2030 Agenda. In addition, the project strengthens capacities of representatives of different Ministries relevant to the task (so called Focal Points) for SDG implementation. This allows targeting all relevant institutions for SDG implementation on the country level and cross-sectoral approach in defining the actions.

The proposal is based on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development “Transforming Our World” and is in line with the findings and recommendations from the beneficiary coun-tries stated in the Position Paper prepared by the Regional Environmental Center for Cen-tral and Eastern Europe (REC). This paper is prepared as an outcome of the Regional Consultations on SDGs event organized by the REC.


As noted in the 2030 Agenda, each country needs to take into account their national reali-ties and circumstances, and hence no one size fits all countries in regard to the mainstream-ing process. It is important to remember that prior to the adoption of the SDGs, governments have had existing policy objectives and commitments that were articulated within a variety of national and sectoral strategies and plans, as well as in commitments to international agreements.

Activity 1: Prioritization of SDGs and definition of possible country specific activities

Activity 2: Capacity Building and Networking activities

  • 2.1 Development of guidance material
  • 2.2 Collection of national case studies
  • 2.3 Design and organization of Course for Sustainable Development

Activity 3: Implementation of country specific activities

Activity 4: Regional conference and networking

  • Stakeholder support towards implementation of SDGs at the national level
  • Training and capacity building
  • Collection of case studies