Focus Areas - Overview:
Promoting democratic governance
To reduce poverty and improve the delivery of basic social services to those most in need, it is crucial for Timor-Leste to continue its efforts in improving the functioning, transparency and accountability of its public administration, as well as strengthening the state institutions such as parliament and the judiciary to effectively balance executive decision-making and monitor policy implementation. More...
Poverty reduction and community development
Poverty reduction and the uplifting of the poor are two key objectives outlined in the National Development Plan (NDP) which embraces the principles of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), UNDPs main programmes in this focus area aim to reduce poverty in all sectors and regions of the nation, and to promote economic growth that is both equitable and sustainable, whilst improving the health, education and well-being of the people of Timor-Leste. More...
Managing energy and the environment
Three out of four people in Timor-Leste rely on agriculture. Many factors threaten this livelihood and food-security remains an issue. 60% of the arable farmland has a slope of 45 degrees or more, this coupled with deforestation and land degradation means seasonal food shortages occur regularly. Timor-Leste's environmental challenges include, finding inexpensive and efficient energy sources to reduce deforestation, and learning to manage and use available natural resources while ensuring sustainability for future generations. More...
Achieving the Millennium Development Goals
When Timor-Leste voted for independence in 1999, the country had no government, no policies, and very little infrastructure. In the process of building all of these things, the new government and the supporting UN mission aligned their planning with the hopes and aspirations of the people and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). This means that in working towards the Government's National Development Plan (NDP) UNDP is helping Timor-Leste work towards achieving the MDGs. More...
To prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and reduce its impact, developing countries need to mobilize all levels of government and civil society. As a trusted development partner, UNDP advocates for placing HIV/AIDS at the centre of national planning and budgets; helps build national capacity to manage initiatives that include people and institutions not usually involved with public heath; and promotes decentralized responses that support community-level action. More...
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