On September 11, which was the last day of the East-Timor study tour, the group held a wrap-up meeting. At this meeting, the group reviewed the accomplishments and shortcomings of the study tour and discussed the suggestions and opinions expressed for any improvements that could be made for the next study tour. It was decided to hold a comprehensive study tour review meeting upon return of the participants to Japan….
On September 10, the study group visited a local market to observe how the local people sold and bought goods. After lunch, the group visited a community radio station and saw radio broadcasting in action. Later, the group visited the Japanese Embassy and heard from Ambassador Kitahara about the Japanese assistance. （Shohei Suzuki） Another group received briefings from local NGOs such as KnK, Share, and Ba Futuru. KnK supported informal…
On September 9, the study tour participants were constituted into two separate groups. They visited separately two villages where COMPASIS (Community Mobilization for Poverty Alleviation and Social Inclusion in Service deliver) was working. One group went to a village called Lete-foho. (meaning “top of the mountain” ) while another one group visited Ponirala. At Lete-foho, local people welcomed the study group in a traditional way. Our representatives were given some traditional clothes. There were some schools for improving literacy of inhabitants there. An elderly woman showed the ability to write by writing “welcome” and her name on the blackboard. Then, we found UNISEF’s contribution to the villages in building sanitation facilities like toilets and wells.All in all, we had a great time with local people and could see how the COMPASIS and UNICEF were working in local areas. In Ponilala,we recieved a cordial welcome from the people and inspected the construction site of the bridge and the “thausand toilet” project. (Usui and Kato)
On September 8, the study group learned about the roles and activities of various mulitilateral and bilateral aid agencies such as UNDP,IOM,COMPASIS,JICA and UNICEF. Mr.Kukita showed a TV programe on the history of Timor-Leste and explained the activities of UNICEF in this country. For example, he invited the movie actor, Jackie Chan, to Timor-Leste. Jackie Chan taught the Timorese martial arts groups about the principle of the martial arts which emphasized the importance of discipline and peacebul mind of practioners. It resulted in a sharp reduction in the number of their violent crimes. Mr. Kukita also expounded the meaning of psychological development of children and said that their form of identity was related to peace building. (Kodatsu)
Fernando Lasama de Araujo, President of the Timo-Leste National Parliament, held a meeting with a group of more than 40 Japanese study tour participants at his parliament office on September 7. He briefed the visitors on how the composition of the Parliament and how the business was conducted. In response to a question about the frequent changes in the Prime Minister of Japan in recent years, Mr. Lasama said “the State would have collapsed if it had happened in Timor-Leste. It is noteworthy that Japan has a strong foundation for democracy so that the government can continue even under such a condition.” (Yuho Nakagawa)
UNDP Country Director Douglas Keh assisted by Aiko Cakir made an informative presentation on support extended by UN agencies particularly UNDP to Sri Lanka. It included support to resettlement and recovery of the northern province. Mr. Douglas Keh responded to many questions asked by students about child soldiers, the conditions faced by internally displaced persons and how UN assistance activities are coordinated by the Resident Coordinator.(Misu)
After we visited UNMIT, we attended the consulting meeting between Xanana Gusmão, President of Timor Leste and the citizens.At the meeting, people asked president to implement developing policies for themselves and showed chorus to welcome him. In the speach, president said that people should stop fighting with each other and unite for Timor Leste. Moreover, he promised people that his government will implement those policies strategically, and implove quality of life of people.
On Monday, September 6, the UN Forum Study Tour participants received a series of briefings from officials of the United Nations Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT). The day was started by Mr. Ken Inoue who made an overall presentation of UNMIT mandates and activities. It was followed by presentations on democratic governance, political situation, human rights and transitional justice, and UN police activities. SRSG Ameerah Haq also address the study group…
The UN study tour to Timor-Leste started on Sunday, September 5, with a visit to the Cathedral of Dili immediately after the arrival. Father Jose Antonio Da Costa, Vicar-General and the Parish Priest of the Cathedral of Dili received the group and explained how the Cathedral was renovated in 2008/2009. The Diocese of Dili was established seventy years ago as the Roman Catholic Diocese of Díli from the Roman Catholic…