Timor-Leste Inception Meeting for the project “Demographic Dividend with a Gender Dimension: Entry Points for Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals in Africa and Asia and the Pacific”

23 Oct 2018
Dili, Timor-Leste

The Timor-Leste Inception Meeting was part of the project “Demographic Dividend with a Gender Dimension: Entry points for Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals in Africa and Asia and the Pacific”. The project responds to demands by member States in the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and ESCAP regions for knowledge products and policy tools that can help member States capitalize on the demographic dividend and support implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially SDGs 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10.
The project connects objectives and actions of the Programme of Action of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development, the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action of 1995 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as they relate to challenges and opportunities regarding the demographic dividend and gender equality.

The demographic dividend refers to an increase in growth and per capita income arising from an expanding workforce relative to the number of dependents. It materializes during a narrow window of opportunity in which countries must investment in education; maternal, new-born and child health; and comprehensive reproductive health services, including family planning.

The Meeting was organized by ESCAP, in collaboration with the Government of Timor-Leste and United Nations partners in Timor-Leste; it was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (Noble Hall).

Purpose and expected outcomes
The purpose of the Meeting was to launch the project in the presence of a wide array of national representation, delineate the expectations from national stakeholders and establish their respective responsibilities. In the Meeting, four presentations were made: (1) Asia-Pacific regional perspective and project overview, (2) Situation analysis of Timor-Leste, (3) United Nations work in Timor-Leste, and (4) Project objectives and expected accomplishments. In the Meeting, experts discussed the presentations; agreed on the project strategy - including time line and expected accomplishments; developed an action plan that clarifies the responsibilities of the key stakeholders as well as ESCAP in support of the implementation of the project; compiled a list of national stakeholders and a team of country focal points for cooperation during the project; and agreed to support to the national research fellow working on the situation analysis.

Participants, in expert capacity, came from across line ministries; also present were parliamentarians, religious leaders and university researchers. In additional, participation came from donors, such as the Word Bank, embassies, and selected civil society organizations, as well as United Nations agencies.