From: Exit News
Albanian Prime Minister Announces Priorities for Country’s Term in the UN Security Council

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama has announced the country’s priorities for its term in the United Nations Security Council. 

Rama made his announcement during a formal reception to celebrate the occasion, calling Albania’s election as a non-permanent member of the Security Council the greatest success of Albanian diplomacy. 

According to Rama, Albania’s six priorities during its term on the Security Council will be:

  1. Promoting gender equality at top decision-making positions.
  2. Engaging in the protection of human rights and international law.
  3. Promoting religious tolerance and supporting the fight against terrorism and  fundamentalism.
  4. Committing to the fight against antisemitism and any form of discrimination against Muslims.
  5. Making increased efforts towards environmental security and combating climate change.
  6. Increasing Albania’s reliability and strengthening international friendship and strategic alliances such as with the United States and the European Union.

Rama thanked Eastern European countries for their unanimous support towards Albania’s membership, adding that this is a significant achievement for the Western Balkans which will be represented through concrete ideas and solutions in the highest regional and global decision-makers forums in the world.

During his speech, Rama reiterated that EU politics are “a restless sea to navigate” while adding that the member states themselves fail to embody European values. 

On June 11th, the UN General Assembly voted with 175 votes in favor of Albania’s candidacy. Albania will be a temporary member of the UN Security Council for 2022-2023, starting its mandate in January 2022.