Global Conference on Sustainable Development in Fragile and Conflict-affected States opens in Timor-Leste

May 22, 2017

In his speech, UNDP Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific Mr. Haoliang Xu, stressed the importance of knowledge sharing between countries.

Dili, 22 May 2017 – The Global Conference on the 2030 Agenda: A Roadmap for SDGs in Fragile and Conflict-affected States” was officially opened on Monday by the President of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste H.E. Mr. Francisco Guterres “Lu Olo”.

In his speech, H.E Mr Francisco Guterres "Lu Olo" stated that "Timor-Leste was one of the few countries to ratify the 2030 Agenda at the parliamentary level. This clearly shows our commitment to both the global development agenda and the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals"

At the opening, the United Nations Secretary-General delivered a video message and was represented by Assistant Secretary General and UNDP Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, Mr. Haoliang Xu to deliver introductory remarks.

The UN Secretary-General, Mr. Antonio Guterres, commended the government for hosting the event and highlighting its experience.  

“I thank Timor-Leste for hosting and sharing its valuable experience. The 2030 agenda was adopted with a pledge to leave no one behind, and reach those furthest behind first,“ said Mr. Guterres. “To achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, we have to reach more vulnerable people and renew our focus on prevention, sustaining peace and peacebuilding.”

In his speech, UNDP Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific Mr. Haoliang Xu, stressed the importance of knowledge sharing between countries.

“This conference is an excellent forum for learning about how countries such as Timor-Leste, have transitioned from conflict to peace and development, and how peace has been sustained,” said Mr. Xu. “It also presents lessons and opportunities for cooperation between fragile states on SDGs,” he added.  

Timor-Leste has experienced decades of challenges arising from occupation and internal strife. However, it is one of the few countries where peace has been achieved and sustained. Its experience offers important lessons of how a country-owned and country-led approach can ensure sustained peace and development, and take key steps to graduate from Least Developed Country (LDC) status to Low Middle Income Country (LMIC) status.

The Global Conference on 2030 Agenda brings together High Level policy makers from Government, Development Partners, and Civil Society Organizations to discuss challenges and share lessons and best practices on the implementations of the 2030 Agenda in Fragile and conflict-affected states.

Timor-Leste’s SDG Road Map was also presented as an example of how these challenges can be overcome. It will spur discussions on how to design a framework to achieve the SDGs, in such states.

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