UNICEF Country Representative receives the Highest National Award, the Order of Timor-Leste

19 May 2024
UNICEF Country Representative receives the Highest National Award, the Order of Timor-Leste
UNICEF Timor-Leste/2024/RVAraujo

Dili, Sunday, 19 May 2024 - The Noble-Laureate President of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, His Excellency Dr. José Ramos-Horta, on Sunday, 19 May 2024, conferred the prestigious Ordem de Timor-Leste (Decoration of the Order of Timor-Leste) on the Country Representative of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Bilal Aurang Zeb Durrani, in acknowledgment and recognition of his outstanding contributions to Timor-Leste over the last three years.  This highest national award is bestowed upon those who demonstrate exceptional services and achievements for the development of the country. 

Mr. Durrani will end his tour of duty in Timor-Leste in July 2024, concluding a successful tenure during which he supported the Government of Timor-Leste in responding to two largescale humanitarian crises that occurred at the same time in 2021: the worst floods in the recent history of the country, and the community-transmission explosion of COVID-19. 

Under Mr. Durrani’s leadership, UNICEF supported the Government of Timor-Leste achieve remarkable milestones in COVID-19 vaccinations, reaching more than 90 per cent of the eligible population by facilitating timely delivery of vaccines, establishment of cold-chain systems, training of health professionals, and running a nation-wide Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) campaign. 

In response to the April floods, UNICEF conducted 4,342 health consultations, providing 44 million liters of clean water through 229 water tanks, 170 units of temporary toilets, and 13 Child Friendly Spaces, benefitting more than 1,600 children in evacuation centres and 2,409 children in communities who were impacted by floods.

UNICEF has also continued to work closely with Government to scale up sustainable programmes for the achievement of quality results for children in the areas of health, nutrition, water and sanitation, social protection, child protection and education. As a result of UNICEF’s advocacy, led directly by Mr. Durrani, child rights are at the forefront of the President’s vision and the Government’s development agenda, with the IX Constitutional Government announcing Early Childhood Development (ECD) as one of the three top state priorities.

“Today, we honour Bilal Durrani for his great work over the three years with UNICEF. UNICEF is one of UN agencies that has done remarkable work in Timor-Leste. When we pay tribute to UNICEF, we pay tribute to all the UN system,” said the President of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, His Excellency, Dr. José Ramos-Horta, at the award ceremony. 

In accepting this special award, Mr. Durrani expressed appreciation for the collective efforts of UNICEF staff, past and present, whose commitment and dedication to the children of Timor-Leste, have made it possible for UNICEF to be recognised at such high level.  

“I am humbled and grateful to receive this prestigious award on behalf of UNICEF, which is a testament of the close-knit collaboration between UNICEF and the Government of Timor-Leste. I am privileged and proud to have spent meaningful tenure in Timor-Leste, during which I have had the distinct honour of supporting President Horta’s noble vision of a Timor-Leste where no child dies at birth, and where every child is healthy, well-nourished, learning, and safe,” said Mr. Durrani. 

The Ordem de Timor-Leste (Decoration of the Order of Timor-Leste) was established by the Government to pay special recognition to individuals, who in their professional or social activities, have made a significant contribution to the benefit of Timor-Leste, the Timorese people and Humanity.  





Reprezentante País UNICEF simu Kondekorasaun Medalla Orden Kolar Timor-Leste Aas Liu Hotu.

Dili, Domingu, 19 Maiu 2024 – Loriadu Nobel Prezidente Republika Demokratika Timor-Leste, Sua Exelensia Dr. José Ramos-Horta, iha loron Domingu, 19 Maiu 2024, kondekora Medalla Orden Kolar Timor-Leste (Kondekorasaun Orden Timor-Leste nian) ba Reprezentante País Nasoins Unidas ba Fundu Labarik (UNICEF), Bilal Aurang Zeb Durrani, hodi aseita no rekoñese ninia kontribuisaun boot ba Timor-Leste iha tinan tolu ikus ne'e. Kondekorasaun nasionál ida-ne'ebé aas liu mak fó ba sira ne'ebé hatudu servisu no realizasaun eksepsional ba dezenvolvimentu nasaun nian.

Sr. Durrani sei remata nia viajen ba nia misaun iha Timor-Leste iha fulan Jullu tinan 2024, hodi konklui ninia devér ne'ebé susesu durante nia apoia Governu Timor-Leste hodi hatán ba krize umanitária boot rua ne'ebé akontese iha tempu hanesan iha tinan 2021: inundasaun aat liu iha istória país ne'e nian foin lalais ne'e, no esplozaun transmisaun komunitária COVID-19 nian.
Tuir Sr. Durrani nia lideransa, UNICEF fó apoiu ba Governu Timor-Leste atinji marku boot iha vasinasaun COVID-19, atinji liu pursentu 90 husi populasaun ne'ebé elijivel liu husi fasilita entrega vasina ho tempu loloos, estabelese sistema kurente malirin, formasaun ba profisionál saúde sira, no hala'o kampaña ida iha nasaun laran tomak kona-ba Komunikasaun Risku no Envolvimentu Komunitaria (RCCE).

Hodi hatán ba inundasaun iha fulan Abril, UNICEF hala'o konsultasaun saúde hamutuk 4,342, fornese bee moos litru millaun 44 liu husi tanke bee-moos hamutuk 229, sentina temporáriu hamutuk unidade 170, no Fatin Amigavel Labarik 13, hetan benefísiu liu ba labarik 1,600 iha sentru evakuasaun no labarik 2,409 iha komunidade sira ne'ebé hetan impaktu husi inundasaun.
UNICEF mós kontinua servisu hamutuk ho Governu hodi eskala programa sustentavel sira hodi hetan rezultadu kualidade ba labarik sira iha área saúde, nutrisaun, bee no saneamentu, protesaun sosiál, protesaun labarik no edukasaun. Hanesan rezultadu husi advokasia UNICEF nian, ne'ebé lidera diretamente husi Sr. Durrani, labarik sira-nian direitu iha oin kedas husi vizaun Prezidente nian no ajenda dezenvolvimentu Governu nian, ho Governu Konstitusional IX anunsia Dezenvolvimentu Labarik Labarik Idade Infansia (DLII) hanesan prioridade aas estadu nian tolu.

"Ohin, ami fó onra ba Bilal Durrani tanba nia servisu boot durante tinan tolu ho UNICEF. UNICEF hanesan ajénsia ONU nian ida-ne'ebé halo ona servisu boot iha Timor-Leste. Bainhira ita fó omenajen ba UNICEF, ita fó omenajen ba sistema ONU tomak," dehan Prezidente Republika Demokratika Timor-Leste, Sua Exelensia, Dr. José Ramos-Horta, iha serimónia kondekorasaun.

Atu simu prémiu espesiál ida-ne'e, Sr. Durrani hato'o nia apresiasaun ba esforsu koletivu husi funsionáriu UNICEF sira, pasadu no agora, ne'ebé nia kompromisu no dedikasaun ba labarik sira iha Timor-Leste, hetan rekoñesimentu ba UNICEF iha nivel aas hanesan ne'e.

"Hau ho haraik-an no agradese tebes tanba simu kondekorasaun prestijiozu ida-ne'e hodi UNICEF nia naran, ne'ebé sai nu'udar testemuña ida ba kolaborasaun entre UNICEF no Governu Timor-Leste. Ha'u hetan priviléjiu no orgullu tebes tanba ha'u hetan ona mandatu ne'ebé signifikativu iha Timor-Leste, durante ne'ebé ha'u iha onra ida ketak hodi apoia Prezidente Horta nia vizaun nobre kona-ba Timor-Leste ne'ebé la iha labarik ida mate wainhira moris mai, no labarik ida-idak saudavel, di'ak, aprende no seguru," dehan Sr. Durrani.

Orden Timor-Leste (Kondekorasaun Orden Timor-Leste) estabelese husi Governu hanesan rekoñesimentu espesiál ba individuál sira, ne'ebé iha sira-nia atividade profisionál ka sosiál, halo ona kontribuisaun signifikante ba benefísiu Timor-Leste, povu Timor-Leste no umanidade.


Media contacts

Tapuwa Loreen Mutseyekwa
Advocacy and Communication Specialist
UNICEF Timor-Leste
Tel: +67077231103
Tel: +670 331 1297, Extension: 1820
Antonio Gomes
Communication Officer (Tetum)
UNICEF Timor-Leste
Tel: +670 7723 2441
Tel: +670 331 1300, Extension: 1821


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