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Timorese in traditional dress prepare for a peace-building dialogue in Bahalara-Uain.
Timorese in traditional dress prepare for a peace-building dialogue in Bahalara-Uain. Photo UNDP TL

UNDP’s Crisis Prevention and Recovery (CPR) interventions strengthen the basic foundations for post-crisis security and sustainable peace, build the nation’s capacity to recover from conflict or disaster, and ensure women’s active participation in decision-making. (Lee versaun Tetum iha ne'e)

Timor-Leste has remained peaceful and stable since 2008. However sources of conflict remain including disputes over resources, land and property, high unemployment, and rivalries between martial arts groups. UNDP’s support for the country’s Department of Peace-Building and Social Cohesion guides the institutionalization of peace-building in government programmes, strengthens conflict resolution and prevention efforts at the government level as well as the community level, and enhances women’s engagement in peace-building.

Around 80 per cent of the country’s population has already experienced the effects of a natural disaster in their lifetime. By strengthening Disaster Risk Management (DRM), UNDP’s initiatives bolster vulnerable communities’ abilities to manage and reduce the risk of disasters and climate change at both the national and district levels.

In late 2012, the UN’s peacekeeping mission in Timor completed and all international UN Police (UNPOL) left the country. The Strengthening the National Police Capacity in Timor-Leste program will support management and administrative systems and tools within the National Police (PNTL) which are coherent with the work done by  UNPOL and the other partners. It aims to build on PNTL skills in management and administration, strategic planning, human resources, asset management, public relations and database management.

Strengthening Early Warning Systems for Extreme Weather Events to Advance Climate Risk Management in the South East Asian Region, is working to strengthen early warning systems and the risk management of extreme weather events in Southeast Asia. It will support a number of regional and national activities to provide reliable and timely climate risk information and to strengthen national and local preparedness, and response and recovery capacities.