MoSA, UNDP and UNCDF Partner to Strengthen Rural Infrastructure and Local Government to Address Climate Risk

25 Sep 2013

image H.E. Jorge da Concericão Teme, Minister of State Administration and Knut Ostby, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative announcing the SRRI project. Photo: Jeanne Finestone UNDP/TL

Dili – The Ministry of State Administration (MoSA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today signed an agreement to work together on a new initiative that will improve the resilience of local infrastructure against climate change and variability. (Lee versaun Tetum iha ne'e)

Known as SSRI, the four-year programme will have a tangible impact on the lives of rural peoples by improving access to water resources, strengthening communities’ abilities to cope with climate pressures and improve decision-makers’ understanding of climate-related issues at the local level.

“This project will contribute to securing the long term viability and sustainability of local development initiatives by factoring climate risk into local infrastructure planning,” said H.E. Jorge da Concericão Teme, Minister of State Administration at today’s signing. “SSRI seeks to integrate climate risk considerations into local planning, budgeting, implementation and maintenance processes including building the capacities of district and sub-district administrative and technical staff.”

In a brief ceremony at the State Administration Building, H.E. Minister Teme and Mr. Knut Ostby, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative signed the multi-year agreement which will initially focus on the Liquiça, Ermera and Baucau districts.

“Making local infrastructure more resilient to climate risk and strengthening local communities’ abilities to address their unique challenges will help Timor-Leste maintain and build on the country’s development accomplishments,” said Knut Ostby, UN Resident Coordinator and Resident Representative in signing the agreement. “UNDP is pleased to support the Government’s response to its multilateral environment agreements, support initiatives that encourage sustainable development and ensure that environmental issues are integrated into policy development and national planning.”

An Inception Workshop to introduce SSRI to government, civil society and development partners as well as brainstorm on the specific activities to be enacted will be scheduled in November, 2013.  SSRI is part of the Local Governance Support Project (LGSP) which is a joint initiative of UNDP and UNCDF. It is being funded by the UN’s Least Developed Countries Fund which was established to meet the climate adaption needs of least developed countries.

Contact Information

For further information about SSRI please contact Livio Xavier at livio.xavier@undp.org

About UNDP: UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground in 177 countries and territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations. In Timor-Leste, UNDP provides technical advice and assistance to build strong and capable public institutions at national and sub-national levels in justice, parliament, human rights, anti-corruption, police, economic development, environmental management and disaster risk management that bring development, peace and justice to the population and reach out to the poor and vulnerable sections of society.

About UNCDF: UNCDF assists Least Developed Countries (LDC) through capital investment, capacity building, and technical advisory services, in the areas of local development and microfinance. In Timor-Leste, UNCDF supports the Local Governance Support Programme (LGSP) which supports the establishment of an effective local governance system and the Inclusive Finance for Under-Served Economy (INFUSE) programme, which  aims to increase sustainable access to financial services for poor and low-income people, both male and female.