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While we acknowledge the significant efforts that have led to the decrease of maternal
mortality in Timor-Leste between 1990 and 2015 according to the evaluation of the
Millennium Development Goal on improving maternal health, we all know that the task is
far from being finished, and more efforts are needed in the next fifteen years to further
decrease it along with our commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals. 
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Maternal and newborn health is a top priority of the Government of Timor-Leste. Efforts
have resulted in impressive gains in expanding maternal and newborn services. However,
despite a sustained commitment and the achievement of the Millennium Development
Goals number 5 (MDG5), maternal and newborn health remains a challenge for the
population of the country. 
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Since its independence in 2002, Timor-Leste has made significant progress in social and economic development. The country achieved lower middle-income status in 2011 and has ambitions to reach upper middle-income status by 2030. As the country continues to experience socio-economic and security-related advances, the situation for women, men, girls and boys in Timor-Leste has also improved. However, major challenges remain in the area of sexual and reproductive health and rights. 

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Welcome to the First Issue of Our Newsletter!
We are the United Nations Inter-Agency Youth Results Group. Made up of all the UN agencies working in
Timor-Leste, we coordinate the UN’s interventions related to youth work, support the Government’s efforts for
young people and strive to respond to the needs of young men and women in Timor-Leste. This is our first news-
letter. Its objective is to raise awareness of what the UN collectively does for youth and what results we achieve.
In this issue we will have a look at the youth activities of UNDP, UNFPA, UNWomen , and UNICEF ! These
agencies have implemented activities on youth participation, education, and healthy lifestyle. Themes that are
important to Timor-Leste’s youth well being, and highlighted in the National Youth Policy. Stay Tuned. 
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The United Nations Population Fund recently publication  Many Faiths, Different Contexts - Experiences with Faith Based Organizations in the Asia and Pacific Region includes a piece on UNFPA and the Ministry of Health pragmatic approach to working with the Catholic Church in Timor-Leste to promote reproductive health and rights. In 2010 the MoH and UNFPA approached the Catholic diocese to elicit their support on the national family planning programme, recognising that religious leaders offer guidance on health-related matters which can encourage healthy behaviours among their followers. Although the Catholic Church is typically seen as stringently opposed to modernl methods of contraception, the Church in Timor-Leste has taken a more nuanced approach.

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Now more than ever, we must ensure that the marginalized, the forgotten—the ones often left behind—can exercise their fundamental human right to decide, free of coercion, discrimination and violence, when or how often to have children.

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is proud to have enabled millions of women of childbearing age to exercise that right and to have helped to nearly double modern contraceptive use worldwide from 36 per cent in 1970 to 64 per cent in 2016.

This annual report shows how funds entrusted to UNFPA have enabled us to protect and promote the health and rights of millions of women and young people and enable them to realize their full potential.

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With 19% of girls married before 18 and 24% already with a child by the time they turn 20, the Secretariat of State for Youth and Sports, UNFPA and Plan International decided to investigate the decision-making pathways and experiences that lead to teenage pregnancy and early marriage in Timor-Leste.

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At 10, she may be denied any say in decisions about her life. At 10, her future is no longer hers. It is determined by others. Impeding a girl’s safe, healthy path through adolescence to a productive and autonomous adulthood is a violation of her rights. But it also takes a toll on her community and nation. Whenever a girl’s potential goes unrealized, we all lose.

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The National Youth Policy (NYP) for Timor-Leste is a  guiding document for the Government  and development  partners  alike to  support youth development in Timor-Leste.
The National Youth Policy (NYP) was developed taking into consideration national norms an legislations derived  from  the  Constitution  of  the  Republic  of  Timor-Leste.  It  also  recognizes  and considers international norms and conventions that promote, stimulates and act as catalysts to accelerate the development of the youth sector in Timor-Leste.

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Timor- Leste is a post - conflict state that has recently emerged as a lower middle - income country. economy is one of the most heavily petroleum dependent in the world. It has $15 billion in oil wealth. However, nearly 50 per cent of the population lives in poverty and the oil reserves are finite and may be depleted by 2024. The productive GDP (agriculture and manufacturing) is only $247.  In 2014, Timor - Leste had an estimated population of 1.2 million and an annual population growth rate of 2.7 percent. The country is experiencing a youth bulge, with 32 per cent of its population between th e ages of 10 and 24. The majority of the population (70%) lives in rural areas and experiences disparities in access to public facilities and other available infrastructure.
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