Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement Global Coordinator Gerda Verburg arrives in Timor- Leste to discuss progress and advocate for improved priority and resourcing to address malnutrition in the country

28 November 2022
Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement Global Coordinator Gerda Verburg arrives in Timor- Leste to discuss progress and advocate for improved priority and resourcing to address malnutrition in the country
UNICEF Timor-Leste/2022

The SUN Global Coordinator, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General, Gerda Verburg, will meet with national leaders, civil society, private sector and donors to assess progress and discuss actions to improve nutrition of the most vulnerable, especially women and children, in Timor-Leste.

DILI, TIMOR-LESTE. 28 November 2022 – On a special invitation from H.E. Taur Matan Ruak, Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste (RDTL), Ms Gerda Verburg, Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement Global Coordinator and UN Assistant Secretary-General arrived in Timor-Leste today. She was welcomed and received at the airport by representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, UN Resident Coordinator's Office (RCO), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), World Food Programme (WFP) and World Health Organization (WHO), and National SUN focal points (Filipe da Costa and Dirce Maria Soares).

Ms. Verburg led a three-member delegation that includes Mr. Srikanth Eadara, Regional Representative of SUN Movement Secretariat (SMS) -Asia and Mr. Alexandre Brecher, Communications and Advocacy Advisor of the SUN Movement. They will be visiting Timor-Leste between 28 November and 02 December 2022.

The Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement is a global initiative with 65 member countries and partners which seek to inspire and drive action to realize the vision of a world free from malnutrition in all its forms, by 2030, for all, especially women and children. Timor- Leste joined the SUN Movement in September 2020.

During her visit, Ms. Verburg will meet with the President, Prime Minister, Vice Prime Minister, Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Agriculture and Health, , United Nations Agencies, Head of Missions of Bilateral Cooperation Agencies, Development Partners, Civil Society Organizations, Private Sector, youth representatives and academia. She will also launch a breastfeeding room at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, visit a school to observe the School Meal Programme (SMP), the national hospital’s Breastfeeding café and Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) support, and a health center to witness the nutrition program for women and children.

A national Secretariat of the SUN Movement has been set up at the Office of the Prime Minister, which leads national coordination of government and all partners to address malnutrition in Timor-Leste. The SUN Secretariat is supported by UN Agencies (FAO, UNICEF and WFP), European Union (EU), Government of Australia, Government of Japan, and numerous other donors, development partners and academia.

Led by countries and governments, supported by organisations and individuals – the SUN Movement drives collective action to ensure every individual, especially women and children, can realise their right to food and nutrition, reach their full potential and shape sustainable and prosperous societies.


Koordenadóra Global Movimentu Hadi’ak Nutrisaun Sra. Gerda Verburg to’o iha Timor- Leste atu diskute konabá progresu programa nutrisaun no halo advokasia hodi hadi’a prioridade no rekursu atu responde ba situasaun malnutrisaun iha rai laran

Koordenadóra Global Movimentu Hadi’ak Nutrisaun ka ho lian ingles SUN (Scaling Up Nutrisaun) Movement no Asistente Jerál Nasoens Unidas, Sra. Gerda Verburg, sei hasoru malu ho lider nasionál sira, sosiedade sivíl, setór privadu no doadór sira hodi halo asesmentu ba progresu no diskute asaun atu hadi’ak nutrisaun ba grupu vulneravel sira, liu-liu feto no labarik sira iha Timor-Leste.  

DILI, TIMOR-LESTE. 28 Novembru 2022 – Liu husi konvite espesiál husi S.E. Primeiru Ministru Repúblika Demokratika Timor-Leste (RDTL) Taur Matan Ruak, Sra. Gerda Verburg, Koordenadóra Global Movimentu Hadi’ak Nutrisaun no Asistente Sekretáriu Jerál Nasoens Unidas ohin to’o duni iha Timor-Leste, no simu husi Reprezentante Ministériu Negósiu Estranjeiru no Kooperasaun, Koordenadór Rezidente ONU, reprezentante sira husi UNICEF, Programa Ai-han Mundial (WFP), Organizasaun Mundial Saúde (OMS), no Pontu Fokál Nasional Movimentu SUN (Sr. Filipe da Costa no Sra. Dirce Maria Soares).   

Sra. Verburg hamutuk ho membru delegasaun tolu, inklui Sr. Srikanth Eadara, Reprezentante Rejionál Sekretáriadu Movimentu SUN – Ázia no Sr. Alexandre Brecher, Asesór Komunikasaun no Advokasia Movimentu SUN, hodi vizita Movimentu Hadi’ak Nutrisaun (SUN) Timor-Leste. Vizita ida ne’e hanesan inisiativa global hamutuk ho nasaun 65 no parseiru sira ne’ebé komprometidu atu inspira no halo asaun hodi realiza vizaun mundu nian atu luta hasoru problema malnutrisaun iha forma hotu-hotu to’o 2030, ba ema hotu, liu-liu ba feto no labarik sira. Timor- Leste hola parte ona iha Movimentu SUN iha fulan Setembru tinan 2020. 

Durante ninia vizita, Sra. Verburg sei hasoru malu ho Prezidente, Primeiru Ministru, Vise Primeiru Ministru, Ministru Negósiu Estranjeiru no Kooperasaun, Ministru Agrikultura no Peskas, Ministra Saúde, Ajénsia Nasoens Unidas, Xefe Misaun Ajénsia Kooperasaun Bilateral, Parseiru Dezenvolvimentu sira, Organizasaun Sosiedade Sivíl, Setór Privadu, reprezentante juventude no Akademia. Sra. Verburg mós sei halo inaugurasaun ba sala amamentasaun iha Ministériu Negósiu Estranjeiru no Kooperasaun, halo vizita ba eskola hodi observa Programa Merenda Eskolár, Kafé Amamentasaun iha Ospitál Nasional, no apoiu Kangaroo Métodu Suporta Inan (KMC), no sentru saúde hodi observa programa nutrisaun ba inan no labarik sira.                

Sekretáriadu Nasional ba Movimentu SUN Timor-Leste estabelese ona iha Gabinete Primeiru Ministru nia okos, ho objetivu atu lidera koordenasaun nasionál tantu governu no parseiru dezenvolvimentu sira atu hadi’ak problema malnutrisaun iha Timor-Leste. Sekretáriadu ida ne’e hetan apoiu husi Ajénsia ONU, (FAO, UNICEF no WFP), Uniaun Europeia, Governu Australia, Governu Japaun, no doadór sira seluk tan, parseiru dezenvolvimentu no akademia.  

Lidera husi nasaun no governu, suporta husi organizasaun no individual sira – Movimentu SUN lidera asaun koletivu hodi asegura individual, espesialmente feto no labarik sira, atu bele realiza sira nia direitu ba ai-han no nutrisaun, hodi atinji sira nia potensiálidade no forma sosiedade ida ne’ebé sustentável no prosperidade.   

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