Timor-Leste’s Cristo Rei monument is lit up in blue to mark World Children’s Day and the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

20 November 2019
UNICEF Timor-Leste/2019/Ratnam

DILI, 20 November 2019 – Timor-Leste’s iconic Cristo Rei monument is being lit up in blue by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the national Commission for the Rights of the Child to mark World Children’s Day and the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The Cristo Rei monument will be lit in blue from 20 – 26 November 2019. The lighting of Cristo Rei was done in collaboration with the Dili Municipality.

This is one of several activities being held throughout the year to mark both anniversaries. 

“The lighting up of Cristo Rei is the highlight of events this week to mark the importance of children and their rights.  Thirty years ago, the Convention of the Rights of the Child was adopted to re-affirm that children have rights that have to be fulfilled and protected. Timor Leste embraced these commitments when it acceded to the CRC in 2003.  Since then, much progress has been made for children in Timor-Leste. But we need to do more to ensure every child in the country is able to enjoy every right enshrined in the CRC,” says Valérie Taton, UNICEF Representative in Timor-Leste. 

“Children of today are facing new challenges with the introduction of the world wide web and the threat of climate change. Children of today also see themselves as contributing to their society, are voicing their concerns, and changing the way they engage on issues. As we commemorate the signing of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, we should not spare any effort to accelerate progress towards the fulfilment of every right, for every child, with every child.”

Activities to mark World Children’s Day and the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child have included a football tournament in early 2019; a UNICEF Café titled ‘My Voice: My Rights – Being Young in Timor-Leste; a seminar on child rights; a discussion on child rights at the National University of Timor-Leste (UNTL); and a march planned for 25 November with the expected participation of more than 1,500 children from across the country. All the events will focus on progress made for children, the issues they face, and discussions around actions to address areas of concern. 

“Timor-Leste has made great progress for children. We have ratified the CRC, developed an action plan for children, and are pushing forward on making the country a better place for children to live in and enjoy their rights. Yet, more emphasis on realizing child rights is needed at policy level, at national and municipal level by the government, partners, communities and families if we are to make any significant impact on present and future generations,” said Dinorah Granadeiro, the national Child Rights Commissioner. 
UNICEF has also released a global report, titled The Convention on the Rights of the Child at a Crossroads. It describes the historic gains made for children since the Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted 30 years ago, proof that when there is political will and determination, children’s lives improve. But it also highlights that many of the world’s poorest children are yet to feel such an impact. 

To accelerate progress in advancing child rights, and to address stagnation and backsliding in some of these rights, the report calls for more data and evidence; the scaling up of proven solutions and interventions; expanding resources; involving young people in co-creating solutions; and applying the principles of equity and gender equality in programming. It also recognizes that while all these elements are necessary to bring about change, our rapidly changing world also requires new modalities to confront emerging opportunities and challenges, and to truly embed the rights of children as a global cause again. 

To find these pathways, over the next 12 months, UNICEF plans to undertake a global dialogue on what it will take to make the promise of the Convention a reality for every child. The discourse will be inclusive, involving children and young people, parents and caregivers, education and social workers, communities and governments, civil society, academia, the private sector and the media. And it will influence the way UNICEF does business in the future. 

“The Convention stands at a crossroads between its illustrious past and its future potential. It is up to us to recommit, take decisive steps and hold ourselves accountable,” said UNICEF’s Executive Director, Henrietta H. Fore. “We should take our lead from young people who are speaking up and speaking out for their rights as never before, we must act now – boldly and creatively.”




Timor-Leste nia Monumentu Cristo Rei iluminadu iha koor azul hodi marka trijésimu aniversariu Konvensaun Direitu Labarik 

Dili, 20 Novembru 2019 – Timor-Leste nia ikóniku monumentu Cristo Rei iluminadu ona iha koor azul husi UNICEF hodi selebra trijésimu aniversariu Konvensaun Direitu Labarik (KDL). Monumentu Cristo Rei sei iluminadu ho koor azul hahú husi 20 – 26 Novembru 2019. Iluminasaun Cristo Rei halao ho kolaborasaun hamutuk ho Musipiu Dili.

Iluminasaun Monumentu Cristu Rei mak atividade ida husi atividade balun mak halao ona iha tinan ne’e hodi selebra aniversariu ne’e. 

“Iluminasaun Cristo Rei hatudu iventu sira durante semana hodi hatudu inportansia husi Labarik sira-nia Direitu. Konvensaun Direitu Labarik adopta ona tinan 30 liu ba atu reafirma fali katak labarik hanesan umanu ida iha direitu mak tenke prienxe no protejidu. Timor-Leste komprometidu wainhira ratifika ona KDL iha tinan 2003. Hahú ne’eba kedas, progresu barak halo on aba labarik sira iha Timor-Leste, maibe sei tenke halo buat barak-tan atu garante labarik iha país ne’e bele goza direitu hotu mak konsagra ona iha KDL,” dehan Valérie Taton, Reprezentativa UNICEF iha Timor-Leste.

“Labarik sira ohin loron enfrenta dezfiu barak ho introdusaun rede mundial ba komputador no ameasa mudansa klimatika. Labarik sira ohin loron mós haree sira-nia aan rasik hanesan kontribui ba sira-nia sosiedade no koalia sai sira-nia preokupasaun sira maibe mós sira-nia involvimentu ba mudansa. No hanesan ita komemora asinatura konvensaun Direitu Labarik, we tenke labele hamenus ita-nia esforsu atu aselera progresu sira hodi prienxe sira-nia direitu, ba labarik hotu, ho labarik hotu.”

Aktividade sira ne’e marka Loron Mundial ba Labarik no trijésimu aniversariu Konvensaun Direitu Labarik inklui troneiu futebol iha inisiu 2019, involvimentu foinsa’e no adolesente sira, UNICEF Café “Hau nia Lian Hau nia Direitu” – sai foinsa’e iha Timor-Leste, diskusaun kona ba direitu labarik iha Universidade Timor-Lorosa’e, seminariu loron ida koka ba KDL, Estadu no parte hotu investe labarik sira goza sira-nia direitu no marxa planeadu ba 25 Novembru ho partisipasaun husi labarik 1,500 husi país ne’e. iventu sira ne’e hotu sei foku ba labarik sira-nia progresu durante ne’e, problema mak sira hasoru, no diskusaun kona ba aksaun sira hodi rezolve dezafiu sira mak sira hasoru.

“Timor-Leste hetan ona progresu boot ba labarik sira. Ita ratifika ona KDL, dezenvolve ona planu aksaun ba labarik sira, no avansu mak halo país ne’e fatin ida di’ak-liu ba labarik sira atu moris no goza sira-nia direitu. No nesesariu liu fó énfaze ba realizasaun labarik-nia direitu presiza tau iha nivel politika, iha nivel nasional no munisipal husi governu, parseiru sira, komunidade sira no familia sira karik ita halo ona inpaktu signifikante kona ba persentajen no futuru jerasaun sira,” dehan Dinorah Granadeiro, Komisaria Direitu Labarik. 

UNICEF mós lansa ona relatoriu global atu selebra aniversariu ne’e. Ne’e hatudu vitoria istoriku jeral ba labarik sira-nia mundu hahú adopsaun Konvensaun Direitu Labarik tinan 30 liu ba. Maske nune’e, labarik ki’ak barak mak seidauk hetan-nia inpaktu, tuir Konvensaun Direitu Labarik pasajen, relatoriu lansa ohin loron.   

Relatoriu ne’e haree ba realizasaun inegavel sira husi dékade tolu liu-ba, prova katak iha politika determinasaun, melloramentu labarik sira-nia moris. 

Atu aselere progresu iha avansu ba direitu labarik, no rezolve estagnasaun no atrazu iha direitu balun, relatoriu ne’e bulu atensaun ba evidensia no data; aplikasaun solusaun provada sira; espansaun rekursu sira; involve ema foinsa’e iha kria solusaun hamutuk; no aplika prinsipiu ekidade sira no jeneru iha Programasaun. Maibe rekoñese mós katak wainhira elementu sira ne’e hotu nesesariu atu halo mudansa, ita-nia mudansa mundu-nia mós rekere modalidade foun sira hodi hasoru oportunidade foun sira no dezafiu sira, no inkorpora fali direitu labarik hanesan kauza global foun ida. 

Atu hetan dalan sira ne’e, liu fulan 12 ona UNICEF planeia atu halo dialogu global kona ba saida mak tenke halo ba promesa konvensaun hanesan realidade ida ba labarik hotu. Konversa ne’e inkluzivu, involve labarik sira no foinsa’e sira, inan-aman sira no kuidador sira, edukasaun no asistente sosial sira, komunidade no governu, sosiedade sivil, akademiku, setor privadu no midia. No ne’e sei influensia oinsa organizasaun halo negosiu iha futuru. 

“Konvensaun ne’e hamrik iha dalan entre ilustre pasadu potensial. Ne’e depende ba ita atu halo fali komitmentu, hola pasu desisivu sira no simu responsabilidade,” dehan Deritora Exekutiva Henriette H. Fore. “Ita tenke assume foinsa’e sira-nia lideransa ne’ebe koalia sai ka hatete sai sira-nia direitu sira mak la akontese uluk-liu ba, ita halo agora – ho brani no kreatividade.”


Notes to Editors:

For more information, please contact: 
Dinorah Granadeiro, Comissaria dos Direitos das Crianças, MSSI, +670-77368325, 
email: denorah.granadeiro@mail.com  

Rukshan Ratnam, Communication Specialist, UNICEF Timor-Leste
Phone: +670-77231103 Email: rratnam@unicef.org  (English)

Antonio Gomes, Communication Officer, UNICEF Timor-Leste (Tetum)
Phone: +670-77232441 Email: angomez@unicef.org  

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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