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UNICEF is a leading advocate for children’s rights, working in more than 190 countries, territories and areas. UNICEF in Timor-Leste is part of this global organisation.

Since 2002, UNICEF has been working in partnership with the Government of Timor-Leste and other development partners to accelerate the realisation of the rights of all children to survival, development, protection and participation. 

The situation of children

The total population Timor-Leste is around 1.18 million, nearly half of its population is 0-18 years of old.
The country is a lower middle income country and its economy and budget are largely dependent on the exploitation of gas and oil fields. About 70 per cent of the population live in rural areas and about 41 per cent of the population are estimated to live below the national poverty line of $0.88 per person per day. Societal preference for many children, low rates of contraception prevalence and a high total fertility rate of 5.7  per woman have contributed to rapid population growth. 

Working for children

UNICEF works in partnership with the Government of Timor-Leste, development partners and civil society to ensure the survival and development of children with specific focus on the poorest children to achieve global and national targets for child rights.

UNICEF has been working closely with the Government of Timor-Leste for realization of women’s and children’s rights.

UNICEF and the Government of Timor-Leste has been working in partnership to improve the survival, development, participation and protection of children and women in accordance with:

UNICEF programmes are aligned with the Government of Timor-Leste’s National Strategic Plan. To know more about work of the Timor-Leste, please visit: http://timor-leste.gov.tl/?lang=en

Read more about UNICEF’s partners working for the realisation of child rights and poverty reduction.






Situation of Children publication

Click below to read our situation analysis of children in Timor-Leste

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