Building peace in the minds of men and women

Extrabudgetary Projects on Freedom of Expression in Timor-Leste




Voluntary contributions have strengthened UNESCO’s work in freedom of expression in Timor-Leste.


The Kingdom of the Netherlands

The Dutch government wants to promote sustainable economic growth in developing countries. And it wants to work towards global stability and security and to foster human rights. It can best do so by focusing on the fields in which the Netherlands itself excels, for example water management and food security.

The four main themes of Dutch development cooperation policy are:

  • security and the rule of law;
  • water management;
  • food security;
  • sexual and reproductive health and rights.

In each of these four themes, issues such as equality for women, the environment and climate play an important role.


UNESCO is leading innovative projects around the world thanks to voluntary contributions it has received from donors in support of freedom of expression.



The project aims to strengthen the self-regulatory of the media in Timor Leste, in particular through building the capacity of the Conselho de Imprensa de Timor-Leste (Timor Leste Press Council), and in the long term to foster an enabling environment for sustainable, free, independent and professional media in the country as crucial contributors to a democratic society.