Speech by Mr. Ronny Lindstrom at the Launch Ceremony of the Education Thematic Report from the 2015 Census of Population and Housing.
Ministers, members of the diplomatic corps, development partners, journalists, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. As the Representative of the UNFPA in Timor-Leste, it is my distinct honour to be here today to commemorate the launch of a thematic report on education based on the 2015 Census of Population and Housing.
Providing support for census data for development is a critical part of UNFPA’s mandate and the organization considers it an honour to support the General Directorate of Statistics in carrying this part of our mandate in Timor-Leste. However, we have not been the only supporter to the Census. Partners such as UNWOMEN, ILO and FAO helped make it a reality. In respect to the particular Thematic Report we are launching today, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to UNICEF, for selecting and funding the international consultant, Mr. Frank Eelens, who has done an excellent job of analysing the census data and drafting this thematic report on education.
Timor-Leste is developing fast, and the demographic shifts occurring make accurate and timely data, particularly on the situation of our young people, more important than ever. The census provides this information and helps raise awareness among decision-makers and the public about these important population and development issues.
The census is a huge exercise, probably one of the largest peacetime operations undertaken by any government, not forgetting the support given by the whole population to make it a success. Nevertheless, unless the data collected is actually analyzed and used, it is not very fruitful. It is therefore a milestone that we have reached together in releasing this analysis on education and associated background characteristics of the population so that government and development partners can use it for planning and programming.
Over the coming months the General Directorate of Statistics will continue to analyse and release thematic reports from the census and conduct dissemination events such as this one on various topics. These include how many children women have, how long people live, at what age people marry, the changing size, and age structure of the population, the characteristics of the labour force, gender equity, and how all of this varies across the country.
We wish our development partners the greatest success in achieving their goals through use in programming of the thematic report on education between now and 2020, when the next census will be conducted.
We are very excited about the findings in this report and hope you will find the presentation today useful.
Thank you for being here today.