Dili. Proposals for targeted action to support the long-term sustainability of Timor-Leste’s water resources were prepared at national dialogue on the country’s water-related goals organized by UNESCO in cooperation with ADB, WHO and national water sector partners.
As a result of intensive discussions held over 16 and 17 October 2017 between representatives from a wide range of Timor-Leste government agencies, universities, non-government organizations, development partners and donors, project concepts in support of four key areas – groundwater, integrated catchment management, water education and wastewater – were developed.
Addressing the dialogue in his welcome remarks, Dr. Shahbaz Khan, Director, UNESCO Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, stressed the importance of collaboration between international development agencies and partners, government ministries and other stakeholders. He called for comprehensive and sound water planning to ensure the delivery of the SDG6 targets and solving Timor-Leste’s water issues.
In the coming months, the four project concepts will be further refined through discussions between UNESCO, WHO, ADB, government partners and stakeholders in Timor-Leste, and potential donors and partners in the region.
The two-day national dialogue was attended by representatives from national and international partner organizations such as Ministry of Ministry of Public Works, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, UNESCO, WHO, ADB, World Vision, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Timor Geoscience and Development Society (TGDS) and international experts from Australia, Republic of Korea, Indonesia, Philippines, Nepal and Pakistan.
The Dialogue was made possible with the support of Malaysia Funds-in-Trust through the Asia Pacific- Facility for Accelerating Science and Technology (AP-FAST) project, an initiative designed to optimize and accelerate the contributions of science towards the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.