Díli, 5th May 2019: HE, the Prime Minister, Taur Matan Ruak, welcomed, this Tuesday, the visit of the UN Resident Coordinator in Timor-Leste, Roy Trivedy and the European Union Ambassador to Timor-Leste, Alexandre Leitão, who submitted to the Chief of Government their ambitious plan related to the elimination of violence against women.
This program has already been approved a few weeks ago and Timor-Leste will receive an autonomous proportion, with an amount of €21 EUR millions, to be used during the next two years, aiming to develop concrete joint actions with the Government of Timor-Leste, the organisations of Civil Society, the Police Force, as well as the educative system, in order to reduce the violence against women.
“I came today to talk with the Government and the UN, in order to mutually decide on which actions should be developed for the upcoming three years period, and we have already started. That’s why we came to submit the plan to the Prime Minister and we would also inform that the negotiation process and approval is now completed, and now we will work to get the best outcomes”, said the EU Ambassador after the meeting with the Chief of Government.
On the other hand, the UN Resident Coordinator in Timor-Leste, Roy Trivedy, stated that this program is a great opportunity for the Timorese Government, because it is an action plan to solve this issue that occurs in Timor-Leste. He believes that the violence against women in Timor-Leste is very serious thus needs to be addressed properly.
The Chief of Government, in return, thanked the UN and the EU for their initiatives and stressed that the Timorese Government will fully support the program.
This program is part of a global project entitled to all countries around the world, with a €200 EUR millions fund, in previous years, in which the UN and the EU would like Timor-Leste to be part of, with its own management, and it will effectively be carried out with the Ministry of Foreign Affair and Cooperation of Timor-Leste, in collaboration with the UN and the EU. END