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December 14, 2021

Timor-Leste is celebrating an important cultural milestone. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has announced that the country’s application for the inscription of its hand-woven traditional textile, known locally as Tais, as an “Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding” has been successful.

December 9, 2021

Today, the United States and Timor-Leste broke ground on a U.S.-funded isolation facility in Baucau that will help treat COVID-19 patients and offset the strain on existing medical facilities.

United States Announces $1.5 Million in New Funding to Support Timor-Leste’s COVID-19 Response
December 9, 2021

Today, the United States—through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)—announced a $1.5 million grant to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to support the national COVID-19 response in Timor-Leste. The funding will support the continuation of essential maternal, newborn and child health services across the country, expand the COVID-19 vaccination campaign for eligible populations, improve infection prevention and control at a number of community health centers, and promote COVID-19 prevention behavior.

November 25, 2021

Prepared by USAID’s Tourism For All Project, the Climate Change and Tourism in Timor-Leste: The Time to Act Now report is a compendium of publications related to international good practice in responding to climate change. This report seeks to inform Timor-Leste tourism stakeholders of inherent challenges and risks that will emerge in the coming years and provides a variety of examples of adaptive and mitigatory measures that can be implemented by the Government of Timor-Leste in partnership with the private sector.

USAID/Timor-Leste Mission Director Zema Semunegus, center, observes as workers clean, count, and disinfect fish eggs at the tilapia hatchery in Leohitu.
November 23, 2021

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Zema Semunegus and New Zealand Deputy Head of Mission Olivia Philpott today met with fish farmers in Bobonaro municipality and visited the MoreDoc Unipessoal Lda public-private-partnership (PPP) tilapia hatchery in Leohitu to study its success and advance plans to scale aquaculture across Timor-Leste. 


Last updated: December 15, 2021

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