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VOCATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAMMES SUPPORT YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

Dili/ 13 September, 2005: Providing youth with technical skills through vocational training programmes is a critical step in helping create sustainable job opportunities in the future. The ‘ Vocational Training for Vulnerable Young People Programme' aims to provide self-employment opportunities for vulnerable youth, veterans and ex-combatants and to generate income using practical skills.

With funding from RESPECT, the Vocational Training will be conducted by the “Escola Tecnica Profissional de Dili” under the Division of National Skill and Development in the Ministry of Labor and Community Reinsertion. An inauguration ceremony was held at the “Escola Tecnica Profissional de Dili” in Becora on Tuesday 13 September. More... English ... Tetun

Brazilian legals experts provide assistance to the justice sector
 

Dili/ 28 Jul, 2005: Brazil and UNDP today launched a support programme providing four legal specialists to support the Timor-Leste justice system. While Brazil will provide its nationals to work in the Justice Sector, UNDP will pay for their living costs in Timor-Leste. At a special ceremony at  the Ministry of Justice, the Ambassador of Brazil, Mr Antonio de Souza e Silva, will sign two cooperation agreements, one with the Minister of Justice, Sr. Domingos Maria Sarmento and one with the UNDP Resident Representative, Dr Sukehiro Hasegawa. More... English ... Tetun ... Portuguese

UN AGENCIES DISCUSS RENEWED EFFORTS FOR POVERTY REDUCTION, HEALTH CARE AND EDUCATION

Dili/ 26 Jul, 2005:The leaders of the UN agencies this week held a special two-day meeting to discuss how they can better assist the government to meet the national development goals, particularly poverty reduction and significant improvements in education and health care.

In Timor-Leste, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are intrinsically linked to the national goals outlined in the National Development Plan. The UN Agencies and other development partners work in their specific areas of expertise to support the work of the government towards the attainment of these goals. More...English ...Tetun

TRAINING FOR Judicial CLERKS CONTINUES JUSTICE SECTOR DEVELOPMENT

Dili/ 08 July 2005:Strengthening the Justice sector and reducing the reliance on international assistance in the judicial area has been identified as a top priority in Timor-Leste. A four-month training course aimed at developing the capacity of court and prosecution clerks officially began at the Judicial Training Centre today.

The course, supported by the United Nations Development Programme ‘Strengthening the Justice System in Timor-Leste' Programme is comprised of general disciplines such as professional ethics, the public service act, formulation and management of procedural acts (notifications, declarations etc) and the draft statute of the court clerks. Modules will also concentrate on specific disciplines such as civil executory and declarative process and penal procedure. Standardized forms for case management will be introduced. Portuguese language training classes also form part of the training. More... English... Tetun

Breaking down the language barrier

28 Jun, 2005/ Dili:Timor-Leste is a multilingual nation. Its linguistic diversity is reflected in the country's option for two official languages (Tetum and Portuguese) and two working languages. The authorities are now striving to develop Tetum as a fully functional language and to introduce the official languages at all levels of public administration. This linguistic diversity poses particular problems in the judiciary, where access to justice often requires overcoming language barriers.

A Pilot Project for “Capacity Development for Translators and Interpreters in Timor-Leste” was set up to train translators and interpreters for the courts and other judicial and legislative institutions. Through the provision of training a set of professional Timorese language mediators, the project has contributed to uphold fundamental rights such as access to justice and non-discrimination based on language. More… English…Tetun...Portuguese

IRELAND GIVES SUPPORT TO STRENGTHEN THE CIVIL SERVICE

23 Jun, 2005/ Dili: Civil Service is the backbone of the Public Administration. Motivated, disciplined and capable civil servants are essential to ensure effective and transparent delivery of public service to the population. Development Cooperation Ireland (DCI) has today announced a contribution of 500,000 euros (US$610,000 approx) to further strengthen the Civil Service Management in Timor-Leste through the implementation of the Personnel Management Information System (PMIS). The donation will contribute to the UNDP- supported initiative for ‘Capacity Development for Human Resource Management in the Civil Service'. More... English ... Tetun

CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT STILL A PRIORITY FOR DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS

31 May, 2005/ Dili:Transferring skills and knowledge to the state institutions is critical to the process of development in Timor-Leste. Recognizing this, development partners are continuing to support the process through the Institutional Capacity Development Support (ICDS) programme, which is working with the government, President's Office, Parliament and the Judiciary by providing mentors and advisors in support of their efforts to reduce poverty and promote sustainable development.

Australia has announced a further contribution of US$619,000 to fund five positions in various state institutions, including the Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries, the Office of the President, the Ministry of Justice, the Secretariat of State for the Council of Ministers and the Banking and Payments authority. This brings Australia's contribution to this project to more than US$1 million. More ...

CIVIC EDUCATION CENTRE CELEBRATES ONE YEAR AND LOOKS TO THE FUTURE

27 May, 2005/ Dili:The success of last year's Baucau Small Grants Scheme (SGS) implemented by the Baucau Civic Education Centre was showcased today at a special celebration marking its 1-year anniversary. The celebration also featured performances by local musicians and drama groups.

The Strengthening Civil Society Organisation (CSO) project, funded by the United Nations Development Programme and United Nations Volunteers, aims to enhance the capacity of CSOs in project monitoring and advocacy working towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the goals outlined in the National Development Plan (NDP). More ...

LEGAL TRAINING FOR TIMORESE JURISTS AND TECHNICIANS UNDERWAY

23 May, 2005/ Dili:Strengthening the Justice sector and reducing the reliance on international assistance in the area of the legislative process is a top priority in the development of a new nation such as Timor-Leste. With this in mind, the Ministry of Justice has launched a 6 month Legal Drafting Course for Timorese lawyers and other legal related technicians working in the government and in the public administration sector.

The course, supported by the Dili Distance Learning Center and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with funding from the government of Portugal, will include lessons on the legislative process in Timor-Leste, internal procedures for drafting legal proposals, principles and rules for legal drafting, legislative texts and case studies. More ...

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME UNDERWAY IN OECUSSI

10 May 2005/ Dili:The Oecussi-Ambeno Community Activation Programme (OCAP) works with selected local communities to restore sustainable livelihood opportunities to the people of Oecussi. The Inception Workshop, held on the 11 May 2005, aims to inform the participants and other development partners about what are OCAP's objectives, what is the strategy to achieve them and how the programme works with communities.

The OCAP programme aims at contributing to the National Development Plan's overriding goal of poverty reduction through the restoration of sustainable livelihood opportunities for the residents of Oecussi district. This objective will be achieved through empowering the local communities to identify their own needs and to plan and implement development activities. OCAP will also assist the communities with the development of new skills and knowledge to increase food security and to generate supplementary income. More ...

UNDP LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE

Dili /27 April, 2005: The UNDP Timor-Leste website has been redesigned. The updated site provides a wide range of information and services, including an overview of the country programme. The site also contains recent UNDP news and information for journalists, project fact sheets in English and Portuguese, photos, reports, presentations, Millennium Development Goals, employment information, links to UNDP HQ resources and much more.The Institutional Capacity Development Support Programme site has also been redesigned and can now be accessed from all pages on the new UNDP site.

The site will continue to be updated regularly with recent stories and new resources will be added for local and international journalists.

COUNRTY PROGRAMME REVIEW

Dili/ 05 April, 2005: The United Nations Development Programme in Timor-Leste presented the findings of the 2005 country programme review at a meeting with national stakeholders and development partners on the 18th April at the Timor Hotel.

The review, chaired by the Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri, focused on 7 key outcomes, assessing strengths and weaknesses, examining lessons learned, and outlining how the Country Programme can continue to support Timor-Leste’s development efforts to achieve the objectives outlined in the National Development Plan (NDP).

A comprehensive presentation was presented and development partners were invited to comment and provide public inputs and suggestions in a round table discussion forum.

To download a copy of the Country Programme Review results matrix, please visit our Reports page.

MILLENNIUM PROJECT LAUNCH

Dili /05 April, 2005: The Government of Timor-Leste together with the UN Country Team Timor-Leste launched the Millennium Project Report on 5 April 2005 at Hotel Timor. Prime Minister, Dr. Mari Alkatiri and the UN Resident Coordinator and Special Representative of the Secretary General, Dr. Sukehiro Hasegawa officiated the launch. More ...

COMMUNITY CATTLE RAISING PROJECT UNDERWAY

Dili /16 March, 2005:The Ermera Community Cattle Raising micro-project will provide sustainable employment opportunities for 30 veterans and ex-combatants. The official launch for the project, which is funded by UNDP RESPECT, took place on 19 March in Mirtutu, Ermera. Implemented by the Secretary of State for Labor and Solidarity, the USD $12,230 Community Cattle Raising project provides ‘Agricultures Ermera’, an organization formed by veterans and ex-combatants from the Ermera district, with specialized training in cattle raising techniques. More...

UNDP RESPECT SUPPORTS LOCAL WATER SUPPLY IN OECUSSE

Dili /10 March, 2005: The Tumin Water Supply micro-project will provide clean water to 830 households in the community of Tumin through the construction of a 6km-water pipeline from the nearby village of Nibin. A water fountain and a garden surrounding a community cemetery will be also built as a memorial monument to the victims of the Tumin massacre.

Implemented by the Secretary of State for Labor and Solidarity with assistance from a district Water and Sanitation Officer, the Tumin Water Supply project, funded by UNDP RESPECT, will employ 25 workers from the local community for a total of 45 days. More...

SPECIALISED EQUIPMENT FOR LOCAL ELECTIONS ARRIVES

Dili /08 March, 2005: Important equipment and supplies for the upcoming Suco elections were handed over to the Director of STAE, Tomas do Rosario Cabral from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Country Director, Ms Naheed Haque at a special ceremony attended by the Minister of State Administration, Dr. Ana Pessoa.

The equipment is a part of the UNDP ‘Support to Suco Elections’ project and includes; 2000 specially designed tamper-proof ballot boxes, 20,000 ballot seals, and 200 voter screens and is valued at US$120,000. Other election supplies valued at over $88,000 were funded by USAID and are also being presented, including 24,000 voter education posters, 14,000 voter education brochures, 443 banners for the polling units, radio and television program broadcasts, two computers, three printers and office supplies. More...

Dili /15 February, 2005
UNITED KINGDOM ASSISTS RURAL DEVELOPMENT

Dili/ 11 February, 2005
INSTITUTIONAL CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT SUPPORT GOES TO THE NEXT LEVEL

Dili /27 January, 2005
GEF SUPPORT TO TIMOR-LESTE

Dili /25 January, 2005
VERIFICATION OF VETERANS DATA CONTINUES WITH SUPPORT FROM UNDP RESPECT

Dili /17 January, 2005
LAUNCH OF NEW SYSTEM IMPROVES MANAGEMENT OF THE CIVIL SERVICE

02 Dec 2004
IRELAND DONATES TO INSTITUTIONAL CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT SUPPORT PROJECT

23 Nov 2004
INMATES SHOWCASE THEIR NEW SKILLS

05 Oct 04
MINISTER PESSOA THROWS OPEN THE FIRST INAP BASKETBALL GAME

05 Oct 2004
PORTUGAL PLEDGES $1.2 MILLION TO STRENGTHEN THE JUSTICE SYSTEM

04 Oct, 2004
TRAINING FOR TRANSLATORS AND INTERPRETERS LAUNCHED

24 September 2004
THAILAND CONTRIBUTES US$25,000 TO UNDP RESPECT