When: 16 – 17 October 2017
Where: Dili, Timor-Leste
Who: All relevant government departments – working in water sector – as well as development partners.
What: In this dialogue, international experts along with local stakeholders will work together to formulate interventions in support of government efforts to improve the water conditions, with particular focus on the most underprivileged groups.
Why: The meeting aims to:
- Bring UNESCO’s international experts and relevant local stakeholders i.e. development partners and government counterparts, together to discuss exchange views, identify priorities and prepare project proposals to strengthen the management of Timor-Leste’s freshwater resources and to reduce negative impacts on human well-being and the natural environment;
- Discuss ideas on protection of the Timor-Leste water resources from pollution, enhance and restore water quality, conserve water and use water efficiently;
- Foster increased understanding of the SDG6 and related targets among key actors in Timor-Leste’s water sector by strengthening professional networking and promoting active debate on how to address water-related goals and targets through cross-sectoral integration;
- Explore developmental research potential for feasible homegrown solutions related to water quality, quantity and recycling;
- Formalize focused human and institutional capacity building programmes to strengthen the water research capabilities in Timor-Leste.
- To discuss ideas on the development of knowledge networks, virtual centres and centres of excellence to promote research and development related to all aspects of water, drawing on the capacities of UNESCO category-2 centres and water chairs.
- Regional Workshop on Accelerating Science and Technology to Foster the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in Asia and the Pacific and Launching of AP-FAST
Mr. Hans Thulstrup, Senior Programme Specialist (h.thulstrup(at)unesco.org)