During the past decade, maternal and newborn mortality in Timor-Leste has experienced a notable decline . Improvements have been made, but still an estimated 2702 women die in pregnancy or childbirth for every 100,000 live births: 243 neonates die around the time of birth for every 1,000 live births. These indices are unacceptably high and reflect the limited quality and availability of maternal and newborn health services in the country.
The National Directorate for Disaster Risks of the Ministry of Social Solidarity held a meeting on July 10th at the Timor Plaza, in Díli, on the development of the Díli-Ainaro road corridor project, in cooperation with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and relevant ministries.
The Ministry of Social Solidarity, through the Social Solidarity Centre, provided emergency assistance and construction materials to 15 families in the village of Comoro, Administrative Post of Dom Aleixo, municipality of Dili, who had their homes damaged by the strong winds from last week, in a symbolic ceremony held on February 14th.
The Municipality of Manatuto had its irrigation system improved when the new facilities opened in Buluto, on January 18th.
The permanent monitoring system of seismic waves on land and at sea, managed by the Institute of Petroleum and Geology (IPG), uses the latest technology in the Seismology field, the SEISCOMP3, which operates in the data collection and transfer via Internet.
Some good rains have fallen across Timor-Leste in the northern areas and in the mountains which has brought welcome relief to farmers. However, the south coast has received very little rain which has resulted in many areas experiencing crop failure. In other areas the crop is performing so poorly that farmers consider it not worthwhile to weed so the crop is neglected and further stressed. More animals have been dying along the south coast and in some areas along the north coast.
There has been a continued period of patchy rainfall across Timor-Leste where some localised areas have received enough rain whereas other areas have received very little rain. Timor-Leste has received generally less than 50% rainfall compared to normal years in December and January is looking worse. Farmers are reporting more animals are losing condition and dying. An extra map has been included to indicate those areas where reports were received of sick and dying animals. This is due to animals losing condition due to lack of feed, eating feed of poor quality and reduced water supply.
A few good rains have been received in the central highlands with some localised rains occurring over a few days in the west and around Baucau. In some places, farmers report dark clouds and spitting rain but then it passes over. On the Baucau plateau, heavy rains were experienced around Triloka but around 7 kilometres away there was no rain.
El Niño Crop Monitoring
16/10/2015 – 31/10/2015
This survey was conducted after the holiday period of All Saints, All Souls day which is very important throughout Timor-Leste. This meant many people were out in the districts visiting family but it was difficult to engage MAF in conducting the work.
On January 14th, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Dili, the Secretary of State for ASEAN Affairs, Roberto Soares, formally handed the total of one million and five hundred thousand dollars to authorities of Malaysia and Thailand to assist these governments in facing the damages caused by tropical storm Jangmi, that recently hit the region and these two countries in particular.
The President of the Republic Taur Matan Ruak welcomed the Executive Boards of UNDP, UNFPA and UNOPS to the Presidential Palace, Dili, on Monday (3/12). The delegation, accompanied by Finn Reske-Nielsen, was led by the ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of Sweden to the United Nations, Mr. Marten Grunditz. The objective of the meeting was to discuss suggestions regarding the future cooperation between UN and the Government of Timor-Leste.
15 Nov. 2011. The President of the Republic, Dr. José Ramos-Horta, appealed to the citizens of Timor-Leste today to avoid violence, strengthen national unity, and create stability in their country. At the ceremony commemorating the 1991 Santa Cruz massacre, President Ramos-Horta said that it is stability and calm in the county that allows the State to concentrate on fighting poverty and improving the conditions of its citizenry. This, he said, is the best possible way to honor the victims of 12 November, 1991 and other atrocities suffered under the Indonesian occupation.
Dili, 12 October 2011 – 160 national police officers from Timor-Leste’s justice section are learning how to work on internal disciplinary and misconduct issues within the national police force. When they complete the courses they will serve as discipline leaders.
“The officers in PNTL’s justice section welcome this training and the opportunity it provides to increase the responsiveness of Timor-Leste’s police force to these important issues,” said Carlos Almeida Sousa Jeronimo, PNTL Commander and head of the Police Academy.
Dili 24 October 2009 - Today a celebration of United Nations Day a Model UN conference was held in Dili, Timor-Leste.
With the thought that tomorrow starts today, the Head of State, Dr Jose Ramos-Horta, has initiated a year-long project for 2009 with the theme: "Dili City of Peace". As one of a series of dialogues amongst various different groups countrywide, some of the emerging new generation who have been seen to be actively contributing to various fields of Timorese life will be brought together to provide a space for them to freely express and explore their ideas on the needs for sustainable peace in Timor-Leste.
The United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) is the result of an ongoing consultative process intended to analyse how the United Nations can most effectively respond to Timor-Leste's national priorities and needs in a post-conflict context. It is guided by the goals and targets of the Millennium Declaration, which has been endorsed by the Government, as well as the Programme of the IV Constitutional Government for 2007-2012, the International Compact for Timor-Leste, the 2007 National Recovery Strategy and other relevant documents.
Beloved People of Timor-Leste,
We have entered a new and positive stage in the development of our Nation and the elected representatives of the People should ake on an important role in establishing the political conditions for the development of the country in this new stage. Thus, my best wishes to all of you for the work that lies ahead.
Over the past few months, I have met several world leaders and the heads of state and government of friendly countries.