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Dili, Timor-Leste: Today, the new UNFPA Representative in Timor-Leste Mr. Ronny Olof Lindstrom, formally presented his credential letter to the Government of Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste through Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, H.E. Dr. Aurelio Guterres at The Office of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Rua dos Coqueiros, Dili, Timor-Leste.

The Minister greeted UNFPA team at his office and warmly welcomed Mr. Ronny to Timor-Leste in his short speech. He briefed the new Representative about the progress Timor-Leste has achieved through the 15 years of restoration of independence in 2002. The infrastructure in Timor-Leste was destroyed in 1999 following the referendum, however since 2002, Timor-Leste has made significant progress in terms of infrastructure, education, economy and politics, while there are so much to be done by this country with the support of development partners. As a young country, Timor-Leste has high percentage of young people aged 15-24  counted for 45%, these potential young people can contribute to the development of this country on one side, however it possessed challenge for the government to create good job opportunity to absorb these young people, said the Minister. Furthermore, he expected that UNFPA through its mandate will work collaboratively with line ministries to forge ahead the development in Timor-Leste. He cited some issues related with health, specially HIV/AIDS that increased every year and need attention of all components in this country. He hopes that UNFPA can also work with other development partner and National AIDS Commission to tackle this problem.

On the other hand, Mr. Ronny introduced himself as Swedish new Representative of UNFPA Timor-Leste CO and cited also his previous assignment in Uzbekistan, New York, China, and the last post held was as Chief Executive Board Secretariat, Office of the Secretary General, in Geneva. He further mentioned about the commitment of UNFPA to continue support Government of Timor-Leste in the implementation of its strategic development programmes.