UN Agencies, OPG, PNTL, and PCIC collaborate under KOICA-funded project to combat GBV and enhance Cybercrime Expertise

July 24, 2023

UNDP and other UN Agencies collaborate with Law Enforcement Institutions conducted a specialized capacity-building training on gender and cybercrime investigation facilitate by the Korean National Police University (KNPU)

@UNDP TL/Matteo Barduagni

Dili, 17/07/2023 –In a significant stride towards strengthening cybercrime investigation capabilities in Timor-Leste, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in association with The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), has joined with the National Police of Timor-Leste (PNTL), Office of Prosecutor General (OPG) and the Timor-Leste Police Scientific Criminal Investigation (PCIC) to conduct a specialized capacity-building training about gender and cybercrime investigation, delivered by Korean National Police University (KNPU). The event, scheduled to take place at the National Institute of Public Administration (INAP) in Komoro, from the 24th to the 28th of July, will be held as part of the activities under the Joint UN project "Hamutuk ba Igualdade (Together for Equality: Preventing and Responding to Gender-Based Violence in Timor-Leste)", funded by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).


The comprehensive training program was requested by both PNTL and PCIC to enhance their capacity in cybercrime investigation. This training is a critical component of the broader "Together for Equality" project, which aims to prevent and respond to gender-based violence (GBV) in Timor-Leste. Working closely with the Korean National Police University (KNPU), UNDP ensured the development of this tailored training, which will serve as an introductory course on cybercrime investigation. From August 7th to 9th, there will be a follow-up training provided by UN Women, UNDP and IOM, focusing on gender, sexual crimes, and human trafficking.


With 30 participants set to attend the training, including 10 representatives each from PNTL, PCIC, and the Office of the Prosecutor General (OPG), the program aims to provide attendees with a wide-ranging understanding of cybercrime investigation methodologies, digital forensics, and best practices in handling cyber evidence. Notably, this training will serve as a crucial introduction to the subject, paving the way for more in-depth knowledge and expertise in the future.

The capacity building training on gender and cybercrime investigation facilitate by the KNPU

@UNDP TL/Joel Filipe Gama

The event highlights the importance of international collaboration, with the Korean National Police University (KNPU) playing a vital role in assessing and formulating action plans for each participating institution. This strategic alliance showcases Korea's commitment to fostering a strong relationship with the Timorese Police Force and furthering cooperation in the future. The Ambassador of South Korea, SHIN Mantaek, presence at the event underlines the significance of this initiative in strengthening ties between nations and equipping Timor-Leste with the necessary tools to combat cybercrime effectively.


Looking ahead, UNDP encourages continued cooperation and knowledge exchange among all stakeholders involved. Timor-Leste's journey toward a secure and resilient digital landscape requires ongoing dedication, and this training marks a crucial step in that direction. The organization urges all relevant parties to take an active role in enhancing cybercrime investigation capacities for a safer and digitally empowered nation.


UNDP reaffirms its commitment to supporting nations in building resilience against cyber threats and promoting gender equality. By joining forces UNDP, IOM, UN Women, and the Timorese justice and enforcement institutions (OPG, PNTL, and PCIC) aim to empower people at all levels of society with the skills and expertise needed to combat cybercrime and contribute to a society where all individuals can live without fear of violence or discrimination.


Contact Information

Mr. Nelson Philomeno Rego de Jesus, nelson.philomeno.rego.de.jesus@undp.org, +670 7732 6652

Ms. Rosa Cardoso, rosa.cardoso@undp.org, + 670 7671 4128


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