Monday, April 21, 2008

Remarks by FPCD Executive Director on the Occassion of the Inauguration of the Becora Youth Center, 19 April

Your Serene Highness Prince Albert II
Your Excellency Prime Minister Gusmao
Your Excellency SRSG Atul Khare
Guests, Friends,
Youth of Becora

It is an honour to welcome you to the Inauguration of the Becora Youth Center that was made possible by a grant from the United Nations Staff 1 % For Development Fund in New York.

The individual staff members of the United Nations are concerned world citizens that go beyond their regular organizational functions, which is why they self-mobilized to create opportunities for non-governmental organizations to assist developing countries.

I am a former UN staff member of 13 years and when I decided to focus on the Foundation for Post Conflict Development, I was invited to apply for a grant.
After consulting with Prime Minister Gusmao, Founder of Fundacao Xanana Gusmao, it was decided without any hesitation that we should focus on a youth center in Dili.

I would like to acknowledge and thank the Staff of Fundacao Xanana Gusmao: President Joao Saldahna, Cesaria Soares, Remijia Soares, Etalia da Costa, Eduardo Saldanha and Project Architect Juvi Tavares de Jesus and the presence of Foundation for Post Conflict Development’s Dili Advisor, Fatimazohra Nouinou.

I would like to make a special mention, with gratitude, to the Monaco Peace and Sport Organization whose High Patron is His Serene Highness Prince Albert II and their Expert Laurent Torrecillas who provided the Youth Center with a Volley Ball net and supplies.

The presence of HSH Prince Albert II is as joyous as it is significant. He has personally been engaged in Timor-Leste through the Prince Rainier III Maternity Clinic in Same, Peace and Sport activities and the support of President Jose Ramos-Horta’s Reforestation and Family Income Project in Ermera District. Since time was too short to travel to Ermera, we have brought Ermera to Your Highness. After this ceremony Your Highness will plant a tree, together with 2 Timorese Youth in honour of your generous support.

Focusing on youth is important for the future of Timor-Leste. Young people need to be motivated and have role models. I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge mountain climber Sophie Denis who, at this very moment, is attempting to climb Mt. Everest in the name of the Foundation for Post Conflict Development. When successful, she will become one of the youngest woman do to so.

She is being followed by thousands of young people all over the world and through her endeavors wants to prove to them that “everything is possible” which is her personal motto.

To the youth here in Becora and all over Timor-Leste, you are the future of Timor-Leste so remember that “Everything is possible”. To Youth Leader Amale, a survivor of the Santa Cruz Massacre, I am confident that you will be able to fulfill your dreams.

Thank you.

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