Victoria University and the Universidade Nacional Timor Lorosa'e (UNTL) are proud to present the sixth biennial conference focusing on issues facing Timor-Leste's development.

The 2019 UNTL-VU Timor-Leste Conference will be held at the Universidade Nacional Timor Lorosa'e in Dili from 1-2 July.

Timor-Leste beach scene


This year the conference focuses on Young People and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), building on the work of the 2017 conference.

Engaging Young People in the Sustainable Development Goals

There are five themes which will be explored that you can read about below:

Encourage youth to share their knowledge learnt in school and university in rural areas to revitalise family farms and address land degradation. Help create local food markets, and promote knowledge of nutritious food preparation using healthy local produce.

Focus SDGs 2 & 15

Promote healthy lifestyles, including a reduction in smoking, drugs and traffic accidents, prevention of communicable and non-communicable diseases. Promote community action to address lack of water and sanitation, and knowledge of associated health issues.

Focus SDGs 3 & 6

Promote youth enterprise, cooperatives and the solidarity economy to establish sustainable businesses in local marketing, housing, public transport, recycling of rubbish etc.

Focus SDGs 8 & 11

Reduce the use of packaging, promote recycling, promote purchase of local produce, promote energy efficient lighting and cooking, promote awareness of issues of the marine environment and livelihoods which can be gained from the seas.

Focus SDGs 12, 13 & 14

Reduce discrimination against, and intimidation of women and girls in schools and universities. In society promote men against violence education, gender equality and reproductive health knowledge amongst youth

Focus SDGs 4, 5 & 16

2017 Timor-Leste Conference at UNTL in Dili


The conference will begin at 8:00am on Monday 1 July and Tuesday 2 July with a flag raising ceremony.

  Theme 1 Theme 2 Theme 3 Theme 4 Theme 5
Session 1
1 July (am)

Attracting young people into Farming and turning their farm into a successful enterprise

Promoting healthy lifestyles

New Enterprises, Decent Work

Increasing awareness of the ocean by youth

Seeking gender equality in schools and universities

Session 2 
1 July (pm)

Young people and nutritious food

Water governance

Creating enterprises for sustainable development

Protecting the oceans from plastic

Gender justice in society

Session 3 
2 July (am)
Land use deforestation and megaprojects Community Sanitation approaches Labour migration remittances for business development Consumer choices to address climate change Living up to the Constitution by changing the mindset
Session 4 
2 July (pm)
Roundtables: sessions report back and recommendations of new curricula and policies  



UNTL-VU Conference

Online registrations are now open. 

Local attendees may register in person at the Conference in Dili, Timor-Leste, from 1-2 July. 

Please note: when registering with VU there will be a higher price to account for the difference between the US Dollar and Australian Dollar. Check an online Currency Conversion for the correct price at time of booking. 

TLSA Conference

You can package your UNTL-VU registration with the academic interdisciplinary conference by the Timor-Leste Studies Association (TLSA): Understanding Timor-Leste.

The TLSA conference will be held prior to the UNTL-VU Conference at the Liceu Campus of UNTL, Avenida Cidade de Lisboa, Dili from 27 - 28 June. 

Register now

Registration type Employed Concession/student
Single (TLSA or UNTL-VU) US$250 US$150
Both TLSA and UNTL-VU US$360 US$200
Both Conferences and TSLA Dinner US$395 US$235
TSLA Conference Dinner only US$35 US$35

Registration type Employed Concession/student
Single (TLSA or UNTL-VU) US$15 US$5
Both TLSA and UNTL-VU US$20 US$8
Both Conferences and TSLA Dinner US$30 US$13
TLSA Conference Dinner only US$10 US$5

For further information


Dr Ann Wigglesworth
Project Coordinator: UNTL/VU Biennial Conference 2019
Email: [email protected]


Dr Helen Hill
Honorary Fellow - College of Arts/Education (Victoria University)
Universidade Nacional Timor Loro Sa'e
Phone: +670 7728 3335
Email: [email protected]