25.10.2018 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

UNESCO raises awareness for safe and accessible water in UN Day 2018 in Timor-Leste

UN Day 2018 in Timor-Leste

UNESCO took part in raising public awareness for safe and accessible water in Timor-Leste on October 24, 2018 as part of its celebration of United Nations Day, marking 73 years of advocating for global peace and human rights. The event was a collective effort and an important reminder for Sustainable Development Goals particularly Goal 6, which aims to “ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all” by 2030.

The event opened at the UN House with warm reception from United Nations Resident Coordinator, Roy Trivedy, looking forward to strengthen existing partnerships and build new ones to accelerate progress in development and growth.

Minister of Legislative Reform and Parliamentary Affairs, Fidelis Manuel Leite Magalhães speaking on behalf of the Government of Timor-Leste, reaffirmed his commitment working with United Nations to achieve these goals and emphasized that as part of the global community, every individual has the power and responsibility to make changes for the good. On a more localized context, he also highlighted the corresponding reality of health issues and access to water and its visibility beyond rural communities. This aligned with one of the many themes promoted through mini exhibitions, i.e. education, gender equality, nutrition and food security, and climate change and environment.

Central to success of this event is the community. Members of the government, embassies, beneficiaries as well as students acknowledged the issues put forward are of universal relevance and showed great support for the work towards achieving these goals. Vice Minister of Health Bonifácio Maukoli dos Reis and Secretary of State for Environment Demétrio de Amaral de Carvalho were among the dignitaries in attendance.

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