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

Dec 5, 2016

Mr. Knut Ostby, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative thanking H.E. Kim Ki-Nam, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea for the new cooperation on electoral and legal support. Photo: Joanna Wong/UNDP Timor-Leste

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.”

This project builds on the achievements of current and recent projects in democratic governance and supports the Electoral Management Bodies (EMBs), civil society organizations, as well as justice sector institutions, including the courts, the public defenders’ office, the prosecution services, and the Legal Training Centre. The programme will cover support to voter and civic education, political participation of women and youth, access to justice, legal aid, and the capacity development of legal professionals. This cross-cutting assistance will support the increased institutional capacity of Timor-Leste’s state actors and will help consolidate democracy and rule of law in Timor-Leste.

“I believe that Korea-UNDP SDG Trust Fund launched in October, will be another testament to the effective partnership between Korea and UNDP…Through the UNDP SDG Trust Fund, Korea will support good governance in Timor-Leste, especially in the areas of electoral and legal assistance” said H.E. Kim Ki-Nam, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea in his remarks during the launching ceremony held in Dili.

On the same occasion, Mr. Knut Ostby, the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for Timor-Leste thanked the representatives of Korea and the government counterparts for their cooperation and valuable support. “Three developments are particularly important for Timor-Leste: strengthening and consolidating the national capacity already built including in the governance sector; ensuring inclusive development where everyone, not least the marginalized, can contribute to development; and diversification of the economy, which in turn requires a fair justice system and continued peace and stability for the private sector” said Knut Ostby, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative.

“This cooperation with the Republic of Korea is very important to enable the upcoming elections to proceed successfully. On behalf of the Government of Timor-Leste, I would like to express my gratitude to the Government of Korea for this support on electoral and legal assistance” said Vice Minister of State Administration, H.E. Mr. Tomas Cabral representing the Minister of State, Coordinator for State Administration Affairs and Justice and Minister of State Administration.



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