CLTS Foundation was invited to lead the discussions at a stakeholders meeting organized by BESIK, with WASH Sector Partners at the UN House, Dili on 19th March, 2015. The two objectives of the meeting were presenting the sanitation situation in Timor-Leste; and strategizing how all partners involved can move forward with a unified approach that accelerates the achievement of sustainable sanitation improvements in Timor-Leste. The meeting was attended by the UN Resident Coordinator, Chefe Environmental Health Department, MoH and representatives from Government of Timor-Leste, UNICEF , UNDP ,WHO, WFP, FAO, EU ,USAID, JICA ,KOICA, WaterAid , Plan , ADRA, IFRC and the CLTS Foundation.
Dr Kamal Kar , Chairman, CLTS Foundation introduced the CLTS approach and also elaborated on the key elements that are in favour of making Timor-Leste an open defecation-free country. While, Ms Tomasia da Sousa, Chefe Environmental Health Department, presented the sanitation situation and the current approach to achieve sanitation goals in Timor-Leste.
These presentations were followed by a vibrant discussion session where new ideas and suggestions emerged on countering the challenges and mapping the way forward for Timor-Leste. Dr Kamal Kar emphasized that Timor-Leste could easily achieve ODF status within three years if there is coherence at the institutional level and partners agree on common targets and what they can all do to achieve one the vision of an open defecation-free Timor-Leste.