Timor-Leste and UNDP Celebrate Nation Building and State Building Partnership

Sep 30, 2015

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New York - The Government of Timor-Leste and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) looked back today at the results of nation building and state building, including a suc-cessful transition from conflict to development, at an event organized at the 70th UN General Assembly.

“This side event is very important. It is here that we will celebrate and reflect on the achievements of a partnerships that has endured over 13 years, five UN peacekeeping missions in Timor-Leste and a subse-quent continued development partnership,” said Prime Minister Timor-Leste, H.E. Dr. Rui Maria de Araújo.

The event looked back at the partnership between successive Timorese governments and the United Na-tions throughout periods of conflict, nation building and transition to sustainable development. The par-ticipants explored how they can build on the successful partnership in order to implement the 2030 Sus-tainable Development Agenda, recognizing that Timor-Leste was one of the first nations in the world to endorse the Sustainable Development Goals by a government resolution on 21 September 2015.

"When I first visited Timor-Leste fifteen years ago, it was just emerging from traumatic conflict. Many of its communities and families had been torn apart, a major part of the population had been displaced, and a good deal of its infrastructure has been destroyed,” said Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator. ”Late last year, I had the pleasure to visit Timor-Leste again and to see how fast the country has moved ahead. I also saw many of the preconditions for sustainable development being put in place.”

The event “Timor-Leste and the United Nations Relations: Achievements and the Way Forward” was at-tended, among others, by the Father of the Nation and former historical Resistance Leader and current Minister for Planning and Strategic Investment Mr. Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão; former President of Timor-Leste and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Dr. José Ramos-Horta; UN Under-Secretary-General for Field Sup-port, Mr. Atul Khare; Noam Chomsky, and others who contributed to conflict resolution and peaceful de-velopment in Timor-Leste.

“It is both a pleasure and a privilege for me to be here today speaking among so many of the friends of Timor-Leste that we have here in the audience, both in the United Nations and from the delegations at-tending the 70th UN General Assembly,” added the Prime Minister Dr. Rui Maria de Araújo.


Contact information

Emanuel Braz, Office of the Prime Minister of Timor-Leste, +1 646 244 7934 or eabraz@mof.gov.tl

Stanislav Saling, UNDP Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, +1 212 906 6575 or stani-slav.saling@undp.org

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