Government of Timor-Leste and UNICEF celebrate World Children’s Day by illuminating Palácio do Governo in blue light

20 November 2020
Government of Timor-Leste and UNICEF celebrate World Children’s Day by illuminating Palácio do Governo in blue light
UNICEF Timor-Leste/2020/Pereira

DILI, 20 November 2020 – The Government of Timor-Leste and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today illuminated Palácio do Governo, or Government Palace, in blue light to mark World Children’s Day 2020. This forms part of the global #GoBlue campaign that light up iconic monuments across the world to bring a spotlight on child rights. 

The event was attended by His Execellency, the Honorable Fidelis Manuel Leite Magalhaes, Minister of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers; and Valérie Taton, UNICEF Representative in Timor-Leste. Also present at the ceremony was Marvi, UNICEF Timor-Leste’s Youth Advocate; a number of government officials, donors and development partners, and children. 

“Through this joint action, the Government of Timor-Leste and UNICEF are jointly showcasing our commitment to protecting and promoting child rights in the country,” said Minister Magalhaes. “We pledge to continue working with UNICEF and other partners to drive positive change that bring real results for all of Timor-Leste’s children.” 

The early-evening event also included a photography exhibition, showcasing images that illustrate the work of UNICEF in Timor-Leste; and a display of material that have been developed by the government, UNICEF and partners to highlight child rights and raise awareness on COVID-19 prevention. As the COVID-19 crisis has resulted in a child rights crisis around the world, the event came together to encourage leaders, familes and communities to reimagine the type of world we want to create in the aftermatch of the pandemic. 

“UNICEF is extremely grateful to the Government of Timor-Leste for allowing us to make the beautiful Palacio do Governo one of the many iconic monuments to be illumiated in blue this World Children’s Day,” said Valérie Taton, UNICEF’s Representative in Timor-Leste. “To draw attention to such an important beacon of Timor-Leste’s democracy is fitting at this time when we call on governments around the world to make investments that will shape a future worthy of every child. We must not let the negative imapcts of the COVID-19 pandemic affect an entire generation of children for years to come.”

UNICEF Timor-Leste’s World Children’s Day celebration was supported by the Government of Japan. 

For more information, please contact:
Ministry of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers:
Rosalia de Jesus Belo, Protocol and Public Relations Coordinator: (English and Tetun). 

Rukshan Ratnam, Communication Specialist: +670 77231103; (English)
Antonio Gomez, Communication Officer: +670 77232441; (Tetun)

About World Children’s Day

World Children’s Day was first established in 1954 as Universal Children's Day and is celebrated on 20 November each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children's welfare.

November 20th is an important date as it is the date in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. It is also the date in 1989 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

World Children's Day offers each of us an inspirational entry-point to advocate, promote and celebrate children's rights, translating into dialogues and actions that will build a better world for children.



Governu Timor-Leste ho UNICEF selebra Loron Mundial ba Labarik liu husi iluminasaun azul Palacio do Governo 

Dili, 20 Novembru 2020 - Governu Timor-Leste no Fundus Nasoins Unidas ba Labarik (UNICEF sigla Inglés) ohin loron ilumina Palacio do Governo ba koor azul hodi selebra Loron Mundial ba Labarik 2020. Ne’e halo parte kampaña global #GoBlue hodi ilumina monumentu ikóniku sira iha mundu foka ba labarik-nia direitu sira. 

Iventu ne’e marka mós prezensa husi Sua Exelensia Señor Fidelis Manuel Leita Magalhães, Ministru Prezidensia Konsellu Ministru; no Sra. Valérie Taton, Reprezentativa UNICEF iha Timor-Leste. Marka mós prezensa iha serimonia ne’e MARVI, UNICEF Timor-Leste nia Advogada ba Foinsa’e; ofisial governu sira, doador no parseiru dezenvolvimentu sira, no labarik sira.

“Liu husi asaun konjunta ne’e, Governu Timor-Leste no UNICEF hatudu kompromisu konjunta atu proteje no promove direitu labarik iha país ne’e,” dehan Ministru Magalhães. “Ita prometa kontinua servisu hamutuk ho UNICEF no parseiru sira seluk hodi halo mudansa pozitivu mak lori rezultadu lolos ba labarik Timor-Leste sira hotu.”

Iventu ohin lokraik ne’e inklui mós expozisaun fotografia, aprezentasaun imajen sira mak hatudu UNICEF-nia servisu iha Timor-Leste; no expozisaun material balun mak dezenvolve ona husi governu, UNICEF no parseiru sira hodi foka ba labarik-nia direitu sira no konsientizasaun kona-ba prevensaun COVID-19. Hanesan krizi ida husi COVID-19 rezulta ona ba krize direitu labarik iha mundu, iventu halao hamutuk hodi enkoraja lider sira, familia no komunidade sira atu reimajina tipu mundu ida ita kria iha sekuensia pandemia.  

“UNICEF extremamente agradese ba Governu Timor-Leste hodi autoriza ami halo Palacio do Governo ne’ebe di’ak sai monumentu ikóniku sira iluminadu ba koor azul iha Loron Mundial ba Labarik,” dehan Valérie Taton, Reprezentativa UNICEF iha Timor-Leste. “Atu bolu atensaun ba sinal iluminozu importante husi Timor-Leste nia demokrasia ne’e apropriadu iha monemtu ne’e wainhira ita apela ba governante sira iha mundu tomak hodi halo investimentu ba labarik sira-hotu nia futuru di’ak. Ita la bele husik impaktu negative husi pandemia COVID-19 afeta jerasaun labarik tomak iha tinan hirak mai.”

UNICEF Timor-Leste nia selebrasaun Loron Mundial ba Labarik hetan apoiu husi Governu japaun.

Ba informasaun detallu, bele kontaktu:
Ministeru Prezidesia Konsellu Ministru:

Rosalia de Jesus Belo, Protocol and Public Relations Coordinator: (English and Tetun). 

Rukshan Ratnam, Communication Specialist: +670 77231103; (English)
Antonio Gomez, Communication Officer: +670 77232441; (Tetun)

Kona-ba Loron Mundial ba Labarik

Loron Mundial ba Labarik estabelese dahuluk iha tinan 1954 hanesan Loron Universal ba Labarik no selebra iha loron 20 Novembru tinan-tinan hodi promove unidade internasional, konsiensia entre labarik sira iha mundu tomak, no melloramentu moris di’ak. 
20 Novembru data ida importante tamba iha loron ne’e mak iha 1954 wainhira Asembleia Jeral ONU adopta Deklarasaun Direitu Labarik. Data ne’e mós iha 1089 wainhira Asembleia ONU adopta Konvensaun Direitu Labarik. 

Loron Mundial ba Labarik hato’o bai ta ida-idak pontu entrada inspirador hodi halo advokasia, promove no selebra labarik sira-nia direitu sira, tradus ba iha dialogu, no asaun sira hodi harii mundu ida di’ak liu ba labarik sira.

Media contacts

Rukshan Ratnam
Communication Specialist (English)
UNICEF Timor-Leste
Tel: +67077231103
Tel: +670 331 1300, Extension: 1820
Antonio Gomes
Communication Officer (Tetum)
UNICEF Timor-Leste
Tel: +670 7723 2441
Tel: +670 331 1300, Extension: 1821


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