President of the Republic greets United Nations Resident Coordinator at the Presidential Palace

Jul 12, 2013

Dili - Mr. Knut Ostby met today with H.E. Mr. Taur Matan Ruak, President of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, as the new Resident Coordinator of the United Nations and Resident Representative of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Timor-Leste.

Mr. Ostby has been designated as UN Resident Coordinator by the UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, to lead the coordination of the UN’s development activities in Timor-Leste, bringing together their efforts with the aim of improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the organization’s contributions to the country’s development priorities. As UNDP Resident Representative, Mr. Ostby will have overall responsibility for the UNDP programme in Timor-Leste.

Mr. Ostby offered the President the UN’s support in helping the Government and the people of Timor-Leste realise their vision “of a peaceful and prosperous nation by 2030” as it is laid out in the Strategic Development Plan.

During an earlier meeting with H.E. Jose Luis Guterres, Minister of State and of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Ostby affirmed the UN’s commitment to supporting the Government’s domestic and international development agenda.  

With the significant progress made in establishing peace and security in the country, the presence of the United Nations enters a new phase with a particular focus on providing support to the Government to achieve its development goals with strong national ownership that is inclusive, equitable and sustainable.

Mr. Ostby replaces Mr. Finn Reske-Nielsen who ended his assignment on 29 March, 2013, after the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) withdrew its operations at the end of



2012. Prior to this assignment, Mr. Ostby served as the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative based in Fiji from 2009 to 2013, with responsibility for programmes in the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Republic of Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu, and in the Islamic Republic of Iran from 2006 to 2009. Mr. Ostby started his career in UNDP in 1990 and has worked in a range of field duty stations including Afghanistan, Malaysia, Maldives, Kazakhstan, Pakistan and Headquarters posts in Copenhagen and New York.

Prior to his UN career, Mr. Ostby held engineering and management positions in the Norwegian oil companies Saga Petroleum and Norwegian Oil Consortium, from 1983 to 1990.

Mr. Ostby holds a Master of Science degree from the Norwegian Institute of Technology in Trondheim, Norway, and has conducted studies in development theory with the University of Uppsala in Sweden.

Mr. Ostby is from Norway, is married and has three daughters.