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UNMIT launches groundbreaking multimedia website on Timor-Leste

Posted: Thursday, 6 December 2012, New York | Author: Department of Peacekeeping Operations

Members of the dance troupe Movimento de Adolescentes e Crianças practice Capoeira. (Photo: UN Photo/Martine Perret) The United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) launched a groundbreaking multimedia website,   , which pays tribute to the achievements of the people of Timor-Leste since they embarked on the path of independence in 1999 and marks the departure of UN peacekeepers from Timor-Leste after 13 years. 

The launch of the website follows the confirmation by the UN Security Council that UNMIT will withdraw from Timor-Leste by 31 December.

New Zealand Military Liaison Officer Philippa Gibbons pays a routine visit to Laulara village. (Photo: UN Photo/Martine Perret) Hundreds of photos and exclusive videos chronicling every aspect of life, culture and progress in Timor-Leste since the crisis in 1999 present Timor-Leste’s inspiring story as a place of peace, democracy, celebration and optimism where new infrastructure, public investment and services are growing.

In his message launching  , Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said: “This multimedia website showcases the energy that Timor-Leste and its people bring to culture and celebrations, peaceful elections, education, sports, street life and markets – all aspects of the nation-building that will continue into the future. I hope all of those who view it will draw inspiration to tackle the many global problems we face.”

“Even as UNMIT departs, the United Nations will remain steadfast in our support for the people and Government of Timor-Leste as they build a better future.”

Dancers entertain at the International Day of Peace (Photo: UN Photo/Martine Perret) Available in English, Portuguese and Tetum, the site is the first of its kind for a peacekeeping mission.

The   website features:

• 55 new and exclusive videos including: the reaction of a Timorese family when former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan announces the result of the Popular Consultation in 1999; footage of the 2012 Tour de Timor mountain bike race which for the first time passed through neighbouring Indonesia; a moving video of a women seeking justice for domestic violence and; artist Cancio ‘Cassimata’ Ximenes reciting a powerful poem on forgiveness (to watch the videos, you should have permission to access YouTube)

• 12 online photo galleries containing more than 250 images dating back to 1999, many never released before

Woman plays a • Key UN documents dating back to 1975, a timeline of the UN presence in Timor-Leste, an interactive map, infographics and links to other online resources on Timor-Leste

“The strong partnership between Timor-Leste and the United Nations dates back to the organization's support to Timor-Leste's struggle for self-determination and the historic Popular Consultation in 1999,” Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Timor-Leste Finn Reske-Nielsen said. “Since then, Timor-Leste has hosted five UN peacekeeping and political operations as well as a significant presence of the UN funds, agencies and programmes.”

For more information see the UNMIT website:  

In New York, unique images and videos from the website make up a new multi-media exhibit entitled “Momentum.” The exhibit is organised jointly by the Permanent Mission of Timor-Leste and the departments of Peacekeeping Operations, Field Support and Public Information. The exhibit will officially launch on Monday, 10 December   , in the Visitors’ Lobby of the United Nations Headquarters. All are invited to attend.