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UNFPA to prioritize youth empowerment in its program

UNFPA to prioritize youth empowerment in its program

The Representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Timor-Leste, Pressia Arifin-Cabo

DILI, 10 november 2022 (TATOLI) – The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) will prioritize youth empowerment in its program, focusing on sexual and reproductive health.

The Representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Timor-Leste, Pressia Arifin-Cabo said that the capacity building of Timorese youth should be prioritized.

“Over 70% of the Timorese population is under the age of 35, of which 40% are under the age of 15. Therefore, UNFPA, together with other development partners, will collaborate with relevant ministries, including the ministry of education and health, to empower young Timorese to access health and education. Therefore, an adequate budget is required to meet the needs of youth in Timor-Leste,” said Arifin-Cabo at the UN House in Caicoli, Dili.

She said there should be greater access to different services, education, employment, and sexual and reproductive health to ensure the well-being of adolescence and youth in the country.

Arifin- Cabo explained that it is important to raise the awareness of young people on sexual and health reproductive: “We will provide technical support to assist the relevant ministries on sexuality and reproductive health.”

She stressed that UNFPA will make efforts to support the government with the plan to integrate sexuality and health reproductive into the school curriculum.

Arifin- Cabo added that UNFPA would support the creation of a guideline on sexual and health reproductive for youth centers. 

At the same venue, the deputy of the UNFPA representative in Timor-Leste, Domingas Bernardo said that UNFPA, through the UN Youth Outcome Group, would advocate for youth development, promote knowledge sharing and networking on youth, implement the joint initiative, and strengthen the partnership to mobilize resources for youth initiative and projects.

At the same place, the deputy of the UNFPA representative in Timor-Leste, Domingas Bernardo said that UNFPA, through the UN Youth Results Group, would mobilize resources to support initiatives and projects for youth.

Journalist: Camilio de Sousa

Editor: Nelia Borges

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