UNDP Innovation Summit: Updating Development in Asia-PacificOct 30, 2014The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) kicked off today a two-day interactive conference on innovative thinking. Its objective is to explore how innovation can help address development challenges in Asia and the Pacific, such as poverty, corruption, gender inequality, and environmental degradation.
Groundbreaking ZEESM/UNDP Partnership Supports Oe-Cusse Economic ZoneJul 10, 2014The Oe-Cusse Regional Administration and Special Zone for Social Market Economy (ZEESM) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today presented their groundbreaking partnership to support the Government of Timor-Leste establish and operationalize the ZEESM Special Economic Zone.
UNDP Assistant Administrator Haoliang Xu Returns to Timor-LesteJul 8, 2014Mr. Haoliang Xu, Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and Pacific for the United Nations Development Programme, will visit Timor-Leste from 8 to 12 July, 2014. This will be his first visit to Timor-Leste since he served as UNDP’s Country Manager and Senior Deputy Resident Representative from 2002-2004.
New GoTL, UNDP and UNCDF programme focuses on decentralization and local development for poverty reductionJun 17, 2014The Government of Timor-Leste, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) today endorsed a new programme of cooperation which is designed to contribute towards poverty reduction and local development. Known as the Sub-National Governance and Development Programme (2014-2018) (SNGDP) the programme will strengthen institutions for decentralised governance, improve participation, and enhance local capacities to deliver services, particularly to the most vulnerable groups in poor communities.
GoTL, UNTL and UNDP Launch New Center for Climate Change and BiodiversityMay 22, 2014The Center is among the many initiatives undertaken by the Government of Timor-Leste to address climate change related risks and secure the country’s development gains. Its mission is to provide policy makers, natural resource managers, and development practitioners with the tools and information needed to develop and implement management strategies that address the impact of climate variability and change on all aspects of socio-economic development and to contain rising greenhouse gases (GHG).
GoTL and UNDP Sign Cost-Sharing Agreement to Support for DeconcentrationMar 14, 2014Dili, 14 March, 2014 – The Government of Timor-Leste and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today signed an agreement that will provide Government funding to UNDP for support of the country’s Administrative Pre-Deconcentration. The US$750,000 cost-sharing agreement increases resources available to support UNDP’s existing and planned work in strengthening sub-national governance and follows the promulgation of Decree Law No. 4/2014 mandating the establishment of a strong, democratic, and efficient local governance system.
RDTL and UNDP Present Proposed New Country Programme to StakeholdersFeb 6, 2014Stakeholders from all areas of government and the development community gathered to review and assess the accomplishments, progress and lessons learned from the previous Country Programme (2009-2013) and achieve consensus on the key issues, programme areas and cooperation strategies for the new programme.
Humanity remains deeply unequal despite impressive progress, says UNDP reportJan 29, 2014The richest one percent of the world population owns about 40 percent of the world’s assets, while the bottom half owns no more than one percent. The report Humanity Divided: Confronting Inequality in Developing Countries shows that if left unchecked, inequality can undermine the very foundations of development and social and domestic peace.
Philippines: UNDP gives US$ 5 million to help kick start Haiyan debris removalNov 18, 2013As the international community continues to transport and distribute aid to the victims of typhoon Haiyan under extremely challenging circumstances, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has pledged US$ 5 million to help kick start the removal of some of the millions of tonnes of debris left over from the storm.
MSoA and UNDP Host Inception Workshop on New Climate Change Adaptation ProjectNov 13, 2013Representatives from government ministries, NGOs, donor agencies and development partners met today to exchange ideas and expertise at an inception workshop for the new project Strengthening the Resilience of Small Scale Rural Infrastructure and Local Government Systems to Climate Risk (SSRI). The day-long event was co-hosted by UNDP and the Ministry of State Administration (MSoA) which is spearheading collaborative effort.
Peacebuilding Collaboration Strengthens Links between Justice, Police and Social SolidarityNov 4, 2013Timor-Leste has enjoyed the longest period of peace and stability since the security breakdown in 2006. However peace cannot be taken for granted. It is recognized that countries only recover from conflict if they can create a window of time where they are free from further conflict. While there are clear indications of progress and an accepted level of stability, the drivers of certain conflicts are still to be resolved to prevent a resurgence of instability in the country.
UNDP Report Looks at Barriers to Justice for Victims of Domestic ViolenceOct 24, 2013An estimated 30-50 percent of Timorese women continue to suffer abuse from their partners at some point in their relationship. This is in spite of the country’s Law Against Domestic Violence (LADV), promulgated by the Government in 2010, that defines it a public crime which requires the state to respond whether a victim files a criminal complaint or not.
Provedor for Human Rights and Justice Presents Eight Years of Progress in Timor-Leste Oct 21, 2013In a clear recognition of the importance of its impact on human rights in Timor-Leste, Dr. Sebastiao Dias Ximenes, the Provedor for Human Rights and Justice, presented the Parliament today with a detailed report on the institution’s activities and achievements since its establishment in 2006. It was the first time in the national human rights institution’s eight year history that the National Parliament had requested such a report before the Plenary.
Parliament Staff Strengthen Budget Oversight SkillsOct 9, 2013Dili - Fifteen staff members of the National Parliament completed a three-day intensive budget training designed to enhance their capacity to exercise oversight of the government’s budgeting process before the Members of Parliament start discussion on the 2014 budget.
Climate Change Report Identifies Timor-Leste’s Environmental Challenges and Opportunities Aug 1, 2013Climate change poses a severe threat to future growth and development in Timor-Leste and will require targeted mitigation and adaptive measures at the national and local levels to protect the country’s economy, infrastructure and overall progress. This according to the final draft of the Initial National Communication on Climate Change or INC, the first in a series reports that will serve to develop a long-term Strategy and Action Plan to assess and mitigate the impact of Greenhouse Gases (GHG) and address climate-related vulnerabilities.
MSS Leaders return from study tour of NepalJul 26, 2013Dili - Leaders from the Ministry of Social Solidarity (MSS) returned on Monday 5 August from Nepal where they had been learning firsthand about that country’s peace-building and social cohesion practices. The week-long study tour provided both of the post-conflict countries with a rare opportunity to share the challenges, opportunities and best practices each has experienced in peace-building and state-building.