Gov’t and UNDP sign agreement on enforcement in judiciary sector

Gov’t and UNDP sign agreement on enforcement in judiciary sector

Member of the National Parliament from the Democratic Party (PD), Mariano Sabino Lopes “ASSANAMI” (Photo Tatoli/Egas Cristovao)

DILI, 26 September 2026 (TATOLI)- Acting Prime Minister, Mariano Assanami Sabino signed an agreement with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in the reinforcement of the judicial sector.

Through this agreement, UNDP will provide support to the relevant ministries related to their works. 

UNDP country representative, Caitlin Wiesen said UNDP keeps supporting the government to better implement activities in justice, and help reform the judiciary system as it is a promise to support to development of all sectors in Timor Leste.

“This is a way for Timor Leste to work to achieve social development,” She said

Previously, the government of Timor Leste through the Secretary of State Institutional Reinforcement (SoSIR) and UNDP, on 16 April 2015 signed an agreement to support the National diagnostic and enforcement institutional program at the local level.

“At this point, UNDP provided technical support for the enforcement institutional experts and national diagnostic experts. UNDP has designed strategy content for enforcement and helped design methods and instruments for implementing national diagnostic programs.”

In 2015, the previous government approved $500,000 for the implementation of juridical programs and development programs in the period of 2014 – 2018. The signature was made between SEFI and UNDP in June 2014.

“The program is useful to provide service in the justice sector and improve the capacity on transparency, accountability, and efficiency,’’

It recalled that Minister of State Administration and Justice, Dionísio Babo considered that the agreement between Timor – The leste government and UNDP was a continuous program from the first Constitutional government, which was conducted in 2014 to provide administrative capacity that allied with the government system effective, responsive, efficient, and good government from the national and local levels.

Timor Leste’s development strategic plan for 2011 to 2030 was addressing constitutional decentralization, through government institutions, creating professional for local democracy participation: “This compromise, referring to the decentralization program in five coming years began in 2917.”

The ceremony was attended by Interim Director Francisco Soares Burlaku and representatives from government senior staff, including UNDP.


Journalist: Hortencio Sanches

Editor: Zesito Silva

Translation: José Belarmino De Sá


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