Haoliang Xu: Speech on "The Changing Role of UNDP in Asia-Pacific" at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs

Ladies and gentlemen, Dear colleagues, Thank you all for coming here today. It is great to be back at SIPA, my alma mater. Thank you to Professor Stephen Noerper for organizing this lecture.

Timor-Leste Launched its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC), a National Plan to Combat Climate Change

In accordance with paragraph 13 of the Paris Agreement (Decision 1/CP.21) which invites all Parties that have not yet submitted their INDCs to submit it to the UNFCCC secretariat before COP22, the Government of Timor-Leste hereby has finalized and approved it’s INDC prior to the 22nd Conference of Parties (COP22) in Marakesh, Morocco in November 2016

Improved Cookstoves (ICS) Sharing and Learning Workshop

On 12 January, ‘Improved Cookstoves (ICS) Sharing and Learning Workshop’ funded by UNDP was held at Fundasaun Oriente in Dili. The workshop was organized by Mercy Corps, implementing partner of UNDP-GEF supported Biomass Project.

Community Based Coastal/Mangrove Ecosystem restoration : South- South Experience Sharing Visit between Timor Leste and Bangladesh

The Building Shoreline Resilience of Timor-Leste to Protect Local Communities and Their Livelihoods (Coastal Resilience) project is designed to strengthen resilience of coastal communities through the introduction of nature-based restoration approaches to coastal ecosystem, mainly mangroves.

Timorese Media Discussed SDGs
Timorese Media Discussed SDGs

13 December 2016 - The United Nations (UN) in Timor-Leste organized a half-day media briefing on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which was adopted unanimously by 193 UN member states in 2015. The objective was to share information about the work of UN in Timor-Leste and the new Agenda 2030. Most importantly, the goal was to discuss the role that journalism can play in supporting Timor-Leste to achieve the 17 Goals for Sustainable Development by 2030.

A Newsletter on Timor-Leste’s 4th National Human Development Report (NHDR) Project

Since the start of the project in March 2016, great milestones have been achieved towards the preparation of Timor-Leste’s 4th National Human Development Report (NHDR). Human Development Reports are flagship products commissioned by the UNDP with the intention that they are produced independently and owned both nationally and regionally.

Leveraging Electoral Assistance for Regionalized Nation-Building (LEARN)

The UNDP project entitled Leveraging Electoral Assistance for Regionalized Nation-Building (LEARN), funded by the Government of Japan and Korea.

UNDP and the Republic of Korea launch new cooperation on Electoral and Legal Assistance

Dili, 5 December 2016, The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Republic of Korea is launching a new programme of electoral and legal assistance of over US$3 million on “Electoral and Legal Assistance for Social Inclusion focusing on Youth and Women in Timor-Leste 2016-2018.”

Social Business Camp: Designing solutions for Social Impact

Dili, 16-18 November, 2016 – The United Nations Development Programmes (UNDP) in partnership with the Office of the Prime Minister organised a three-day Social Business Camp for Timorese youth. The aim is to encourage and equip participants with skills and confidence to start their own business.

Businesses To Play Greater Role In New Development Era In Asia-Pacific, Says UNDP At Responsible Business Forum
Businesses To Play Greater Role In New Development Era In Asia-Pacific, Says UNDP At Responsible Business Forum

At the fifth Responsible Business Forum, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today called on business leaders to take a greater role in the new development era in order to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This Forum, opened in Singapore by UNDP and Global Initiatives, aims to address a sea change in the nature of development funding by creating a new partnership for sustainable development.

While foreign funding (Official Development Assistance) is still essential for the development system, it now accounts for 0.7 percent of total financial flows in Asia-Pacific (down from 13.5 percent in 1990), while domestic public and private finance accounts for 89 percent, according to a UNDP report launched last month.

Haoliang Xu: Opening Plenary Address At The Responsible Business Forum
Haoliang Xu: Opening Plenary Address At The Responsible Business Forum

It is one year since every country in the world signed up to the Sustainable Development Goals. They form a blueprint for addressing the most significant challenges facing our planet and its people. Challenges like climate change. This is likely to be the hottest year on record and here in Asia, climate change is a cause of the natural disasters that have claimed half a million lives in the last decade. Challenges like inequality, which has been growing for four-fifths of Asia-Pacific’s population over the last 20 years. Challenges brought on by the accelerating process of ageing, which will make it harder for many Asian states to provide basic services to their people. The 17 SDGs will address these challenges and other interlinked issues, including education, hunger and security. But governments cannot implement this blueprint on their own. Nor can the UN and other development organizations.

UNDP and GoTL is improving access to water for people in En-Niño effected areas
UNDP and GoTL is improving access to water for people in En-Niño effected areas

Bobonaro, 26 October 2016, the United National Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the Ministry of Interior (MoI) launched the construction of climate resilient water infrastructure for community in Daudo, Cailaco, Bobonaro municipality who are currently living under water stressed conditions.

TIMOR-LESTE: STAY CONNECTED Reducing Climate Risks, Building the Future
TIMOR-LESTE: STAY CONNECTED Reducing Climate Risks, Building the Future

ASIA'S YOUNGEST COUNTRY The economy of Timor-Leste has grown rapidly since the founding of the country in 2002. Timor-Leste is extremely mountainous. Before these roads were built, the majority of Timorese lived in isolation, far from towns and foreign influences, tied to their fields and animistic practices. Now, things are changing. Despite of their remote location, many communities are more connected than before.

TIMORESE YOUTH DISCUSSED WELL-BEING, SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND THE SDGS
TIMORESE YOUTH DISCUSSED WELL-BEING, SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND THE SDGS

Timor-Leste is blessed with a large portion of young people where 73% of the total population is under the age of 35. The youth are the future decision makers, leaders, and important actors in the socio-economic and political life. If they are educated, skilled and employed within an environment where they fulfil their potentials and aspirations, they can transform this small nation economically. The role of youth in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in Timor-Leste is highly important. Within this context, UNDP together with the Government of Timor-Leste has organized a series of events targeting the youth to talk about social entrepreneurship, well-being and Sustainable Development Goals where the role of media and ICT is explored.

 Bele halo registu ba UNDP Kampu Inovasaun Negosiu Sociais ! Registu iha ne'e
Bele halo registu ba UNDP Kampu Inovasaun Negosiu Sociais ! Registu iha ne'e

PNUD hare katak imperserial nudaa’sentru nebe maka halaó ekonomia no estabelidade social, no suporta inisiativus nebe bele inkorpora iha kompentesias lokais, esperiensias no rekursus nebe atu fomenta espiritu empraserial ba susesu. Gia hosi fiar ida katak inovasaun ida neébe moris hahu hosi kraik nudaár xafe ba desenvolvimentu no mos kriasaun ba futuru ida diak ba Timor Leste, PNUD/UNDP interesadu tebes atu tau hamutuk no lori empresarius, kreatividades no mos buat tomak nebe halaó ba mudansas nebe positivu ba sosial.

Muhammad Yunus: “Youth are not jobs seekers. They are jobs creators.”

After fourteen years of independence, Timor-Leste welcomes development and shows progress in peace, stability and economic development. A smooth government transition in 2015 is a further signal of the country’s readiness to move forward.