Aligning with the words of the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, “Partnerships are at the core of our strategy”, the United Nations Information Centre in Canberra partnered with UN family in Timor Leste to deliver educational outreach webinars to the students of University of Canberra, Australia on 29th April 2020. The webinars were well attended by students of various disciplines, academia and interested civil society members.
The three presenters from Timor-Leste were Mr Roy Trivedy, UN Resident Coordinator
Timor-Leste whose presentation focussed on the Sustainable Development Goals, followed by Ms Hanna Stenbacka Köhler, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, United Nations who presented on Monitoring and Evaluation activities in Timor Leste, and concluded by Mr Wonesai Sithole, Chief of Mission, International Organisation for Migration (IOM), Timor Leste who presented on Humanitarian Architecture: Disaster and Humanitarian Terminology, Project Cycle Management and Risk.
The presenters shared their knowledge on their respective topics through their real-world experiences and stories and incorporated the current COVID-19 situation along with the challenges they were facing and the ways they were adapting to these challenging times. Each session lasted for 45 minutes and were immensely informative and resourceful, especially to the students who were very enthusiastic and engaging with many questions.
The co-ordination, collaboration and professionalism by the University of Canberra, UN Office in Timor-Leste and UNIC Canberra right from the early planning stages through to presentation delivery, was exceptional.
This educational outreach initiative was a wonderful example in promoting UN’s work, resources, and contributions through the sessions with students, as they align very well with spirit on One UN, UN75, Global Goals and adapting to these uncertain times.