Conference: Achieving sustainable development goals in Timor-Leste

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Tuesday 4 July 2017
Wednesday 5 July 2017

You are invited to attend the Finding Pathways to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals conference in Timor-Leste, hosted by the Universidade Nacional de Timor-Lorosa'e (UNTL) in Dili, Timor-Leste with Victoria University (VU).

In September 2015, the United Nations adopted a series of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), each with a number of targets and indicators to achieve by 2030. These goals enable the international community to set realistic goals in addressing climate change and inequitable development.

This two-day public affairs conference will use the SDGs as a starting point to promote more holistic discussion on directions for Timor-Leste's development.

It will bring together academics, students, civil society and international partners to inform participants in what they can do to address SDGs through their daily life, teaching, study, consumer behaviour and advocacy.

This conference is linked with the Timor-Leste Studies Association (TLSA) Conference, taking place in Dili on 29-30 June 2017. A discount for both conferences is available in the registration process.

Sustainable Development Goals


Conference aims

The conference aims to address the Sustainable Development Goals through education, participation and advocacy.

Overall objectives

The conference will aim to address Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the following ways:

  • get participants at the conference to know what they can do to address SDGs through their daily life, their teaching, their study and advocacy
  • enable academics and teachers to contribute their skills and expertise use the framework of SDGs to illuminate how development takes place
  • generate educational resources as a reference for ongoing learning and action on SDGs
  • engage students and youth in making practical changes in their lives in line with the SDGs.

Academic objectives

The academic objectives of the conference include the following:

  • enable UNTL/VU academics and others associated with the universities to take a leading role in debate about issues surrounding sustainable development
  • challenge young people to think about social, economic and environmental sustainability when making decisions in their lives
  • prepare and disseminate educational material for use in all teaching faculties (at UNTL, VU and elsewhere)
  • challenge all participants to consider what they can do to assist Timor-Leste to achieve the SDGs by 2030 in their study, work, teaching
  • support any members of UNTL/VU in advocating recommendations made at all joint UNTL/VU conferences
  • assist government and the United Nations with promoting the SDGs to the public
  • bring together academics from a science and social science background, to work on common problems facing Timor-Leste in research, teaching and advocacy.

Previous conferences have considered sustainable development, human rights, food and pathways in education. This conference will consolidate previous topics and delve into each SDG to see how effective solutions, actions and potential outcomes can occur for Timor-Leste by 2030. View past UNTL/VU conference inputs & recommendations.

Want to get involved in the discussion that is taking place on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals? Join the Sustainable Development Goals - Strategies for Timor-Leste page on Facebook.

Download the SDGs in Action app.

Conference program

The two-day conference will take place at the Institute of Diplomatic Studies, in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs compound, Avenida de Portugal, Dili, Timor-Leste.

The conference includes keynote addresses and participatory workshops on each of the SDGs. Participants will be encouraged to contribute their knowledge and experience of the topic in the discussion and participate in making recommendations. Preparatory sessions for young people and women will also take place.

Day 1, Tuesday 4 July 2017

Time Activity
8.00-8.45am Registration
8.45-8.50am Introduction: Dr Eduardo Serrao (Chair)
8.50-9am Welcome: UNTL Rector, Professor Francisco Miguel Martins & VU Executive Director – Engagement & Government Relations, Dr Rob Brown.
Commitment to SDGs by universities
9-9.20am Keynote speaker: Rui Maria de Araújo (Prime Minister Timor-Leste)
RDTL plans & progress on SDGs to date
9.20-9.40am Keynote speaker: Helder da Costa, Secretary General of g7+
History of SDGs
9.40-10am Outline of conference format: Dr Eduardo Serrão
Explain conference format and practical information
10-10.20am Morning tea
10.20-11.50am Workshops: Nature / Environment
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life below water (Marine environment)
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land (Production)
  • SDG 6 - Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 4a - Quality education (Pre-school and basic education)
11.50-12.30pm Sharing / exchange
12.30-1.30pm Lunch
1.30-3pm Workshops: Society
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger  (Sustainable agriculture &  Nutrition)
  • SDG 3 - Good health and Wellbeing
  • SDG 3 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities & Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 4b - Quality Education (Secondary)
3-3.20pm Afternoon tea
3.20-4pm Sharing / exchange and rapporteur coordination
4-5pm Poster gallery - sharing session

Day 2, Wednesday 5 July 2017

Time Activity
8am Doors open
8.30am Outline of Day 2
9-9.20am Keynote speaker: Prof. Jerry Courvisanos, Federation University
SDGs as basis for an alternative viable development model
9.20-9.40am Keynote speaker: Dulce Soares, Vice-Minister of Education
Education as a tool to promote sustainable development (TBC)
9.40-10am Q&A (both speakers)
Chair: Dr Eduardo Serrão
10-10.20am Morning tea
10.20-11.50am Workshops: Economy
  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequality
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Production & Consumption
  • SDG 4c - Quality Education (Post-secondary & Lifelong learning)
11.50-12.30pm Sharing / exchange
12.30-1.30pm Lunch
1.30-3.00pm Workshops: Coordination & implementation
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality (with roving Gender Ambassadors)
  • Student workshop - Students to make plans of action for achieving the SDGs
  • SDG 4 - Incorporating SDGs into the curriculum
  • Rapporteurs – report preparation
3-3.20pm Afternoon tea
3.20-4.20pm Poster gallery - sharing outcomes from the workshops
4.20-5.10pm Observations on what we have learnt and recommendations on steps moving forward
Dr Jerry Courvisanos and VU team
5.10-5.30pm Final words and conference close
Dr Eduardo Serrão

Costs & registration

Registrations now open for international attendees for both the UNTL-VU Conferenceand UNTL-VU Conference and TLSA Conference. Local attendees will register in person at the conference in Dili, Timor-Leste.

Please note: when registering with VU there will be a higher price to account for the difference between the US Dollar and Australian Dollar. Currency Conversion.

You can package your registration fee with the academic interdisciplinary conference by the Timor-Leste Studies Association (TLSA): New Research on Timor-Leste. Organised by the Timor-Leste Studies Association, this conference will be held at the Liceu Campus of UNTL, Avenida Cidade de Lisboa, Dili on 29 - 30 June.

International attendees

Registration type Cost for employed Cost for student/ concession
UNTL-VU Conference only
$325.25 (AUD) $163 (AUD)
UNTL-VU Conference & TLSA Conference
$473.76 (AUD) $236.87 (AUD)
UUNTL-VU Conference & TLSA Conference & dinner
$514.37 (AUD) $277.48 (AUD)
TLSA Conference dinner only $40.61 (AUD) $40.61 (AUD)

Local attendees

Registration type Cost for employed Cost for student/ concession
UNTL-VU Conference
$10 (USD) $2 (USD)
UNTL-VU Conference and Timor-Leste Studies Association Conference
  $3 (USD)
UNTL-VU Conference Facilitator
(Must be registered with conference organisers)
Free Free
TLSA Conference dinner only $5 (USD) $5 (USD)

Contact us


Dr Ann Wigglesworth
Project Coordinator: UNTL/VU Biennial Conference 2017
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]

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4 & 5 July 2017, 8.30am - 5.30pm


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Dr Ann Wigglesworth
Honorary Fellow
College of Arts & Education