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17 January 2014
Primordial Leadership: Peacebuilding and National Ownership in Timor-Leste - Launch of the book by Sukehiro Hasegawa

Friday, 17 January 2014, 12:30 - 14:00
UNOG Library Events Room B-135
Palais des Nations, Geneva

The book by Sukehiro Hasegawa, Former Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Timor-Leste, asserts that primordial leadership proved of critical importance in post-conflict Timor-Leste to forge a wide-spread feeling of ownership and accountability, helping the country’s leaders successfully turn security crises in 2006 and 2008 into opportunities for fostering respect for democratic governance. The Timorese leaders appealed to the citizens’ strong emotional ties to the homeland and their sense of national unity rather than relying solely on governmental rules and regulations to bring order to the country. This change in mind-set and the ensuing spirit of national unity were instrumental in achieving peace and stability—more than the externally induced, exclusive efforts in building institutional frameworks for the rule of law and democratic governance.


Sukehiro Hasegawa, Former Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Timor-Leste


Alain Dick, Senior Advisor for International Affairs and Special Envoy of H.E. Jose Ramos Hortas,
Nobel Prize Laureate and Former President of Timor-Leste

Ai Kihara-Hunt, Former Human Rights Officer in UNTAET Timor-Leste, and OHCHR Geneva and Nepal

Welcome Remarks:

Ruth Hahn-Weinert, Officer-in-Charge, UNOG Library


David Chikvaidze, Chef de Cabinet of the Director-General, UNOG

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