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The Human Development Index: a key tool for improving understanding of development challenges in Timor-Leste

As someone who has a keen interest in statistics, I was excited this week at the launch of the Human Development Indices and Indicators: 2018 Statistical Update. Released by the UNDP Human Development…  


Oé-Cusse women: reinventing the art of tais weaving

It has been more than 40 years since the first time that Juliana Tebi's hands worked a loom. Her mother, aunts and grandmother were responsible for teaching her how interweave the threads placed…  


My journey to bring global attention to climate change and marine degradation issues in Timor-Leste

A few months ago, I was selected to participate in the Peace Boat Ocean and Climate Youth Ambassador Programme which involved joining youth leaders from other Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean and Caribbean…  


"Leaders in Timor-Leste must maximise investment in education"

His Exellency the Prime Minister of Timor-Leste and members of the government, his Exellency the UN Resident Coordinator in Timor-Leste and his staff, both national and international, my special…  


Oé-Cusse women: protectors of Atoni cultural heritage

The hands of the Atoni women in Oé-Cusse tell the story of an entire region that, despite having been subject to numerous external influences throughout their history, have managed to keep alive a…  


"Youth organisations should be seen as models for youth leadership"

"As a young Timorese, who represent the voice of youth in various opportunities, I am honored to sit in this great panel discussion. I personally appreciate the work of the United Nations Agencies,…  


The road ahead: Challenges and opportunities for the incoming Timor-Leste Government

This weekend the people of Timor-Leste go to the polls to cast their vote for the Eighth Constitutional Government in the 12 May parliamentary election. Over 784,000 people across the country’s 13…  


"Youth are key to development"

Timor-Leste is the youngest nation in the Asia-Pacific Region with a population characterized as one of the most youthful in the world. Most of the youth lack education, even after completing high…  


National Human Development Report 2018: creating a buzz in Timor-Leste

The Timor-Leste National Human Development Report 2018 was launched in Dili just a few days ago. Reports like this often generate a few days of high profile media coverage in capital cities and then…  


Increased investment in youth and their wellbeing now is crucial to seize Timor-Leste’s demographic opportunity

Timor-Leste is one of the youngest countries in the world with 74 per cent of the population aged under 35, making it the second youngest nation in the Asia-Pacific region after Afghanistan and 15th…  

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