Thursday, August 2, 2012: Minister of Finance Emilia Pires Named to High-Level UN Panel

The Government of Timor-Leste congratulates Her Excellency Emilia Pires on her appointment to the High-level Panel of Eminent Persons advising the United Nations on the global development agenda post 2015. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon announced the 26-member panel this week. Ms. Pires will be contributing to shaping the post-Millennium Development Goals agenda with “the fight against poverty and sustainable development at its core.” She brings a wealth of experience to the role, including her five years as the Finance Minister in the IV Constitutional Government where she contributed to major economic reforms underpinning ongoing stability and accelerated development. In addition, Pires has chaired the g7+, championing the voice of conflict-affected and post conflict states. In this capacity, she worked closely within Timor-Leste and other nations and international partners to identify ways to improve development partnerships and accelerate aid effectiveness. Ms. Pires is rightfully considered a fresh voice that is able to articulate the perspective of conflict-affected states with clarity and passion. It is deeply symbolic that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited such a voice on this important panel and a testament to the achievements Timor-Leste has made as a whole advancing from fragility to resilience, with ongoing stability, and increasing social and economic indicators. Chairing the High-level Panel of Eminent Persons are Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and UK Prime Minister David Cameron.

For more information please visit  Goverment of  Timor-Leste web-site.