UNDP in Trinidad and Tobago
Who we are
We are the lead UN development agency that helps countries drive and sustain growth that improves everyone’s lives while protecting the environment in more than 170 countries and territories. Working with Governments, civil society organizations and the private sector, we help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results. UNDP has been in Trinidad and Tobago for over fifty years; its office was established in 1961. UNDP in Trinidad and Tobago, as a multi-country office is also responsible for Aruba, Curacao and Sint Maarten.
What we do
UNDP in Trinidad and Tobago is guided by its country programme document for 2017-2021 and the United Nations Multi-country Sustainable Development Framework (UN MSDF), which were validated with 17 Caribbean governments and are aligned with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) strategic plan, 2015-2019; the Samoa Pathway; and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The national development plan, known as ‘Vision 2030’, is under preparation and is being framed against the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development including the agreed sustainable development goals, the United Nations Multi-Country Sustainable Development Framework, and global agreements such as the Samoa Pathway, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Paris Agreement on climate change.
UNDP Trinidad and Tobago focuses on the following key areas:
- Poverty policies and strategies
- Open and participatory governance
- Citizen security and justice
- Climate change and disaster resilience
During the previous country programme, 2012-2016, UNDP succeeded in strengthening national ownership and relationships with the Government, civil society, donor partners and academia. The evaluation of that programme confirmed UNDP as a valued and trusted development partner thanks to its technical support and expertise. The report recognized its contributions to strengthening national institutions (such as Parliament and Public Procurement), disaster risk management, and citizens’ rights, resulting in increased public awareness and national partner requests for UNDP to engage in these programmatic areas. On the policy side, UNDP facilitated a series of dialogues on various development issues, introducing municipal poverty profiles and undertaking research into alternative methods of assessing development in high-income countries – critical to the sustainable development goals agenda.
Who are decision makers?
The Resident Coordinator, Mr. Richard Blewitt, heads the UN System in Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Aruba, Curacao and Sint Maarten, and is also the Resident Representative for UNDP Trinidad and Tobago. UNDP Team presently consists of the Executive Office, Programme Unit, Operations Unit and Security.
Office of the UN Resident Coordinator
- Richard Blewitt – UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative
- Rose Aquing-Gomes – Executive Associate
- Ray Nelson – Senior Driver
- Narissa Seegulam – UN Coordination Analyst
- Sharifa Ali-Abdullah - Assisant Resident Representative (Programme)
- Isele Robinson-Cooper – Programme Officer: Poverty and Social Policy
- Rosemary Lall – Programme Officer: Energy, Environment and Disaster Management
- Marcia Rampersad - Programme Officer: Democratic Governance: Citizen Security & Justice
- Lyndon Wright – Programme Associate
- Rissa Edoo- National Coordinator for GEF Small Grants Programme, (UNDP)
- Nicole Dagher – Programme Officer, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) Programme, Caribbean Regional Sub Hub
- Rene Berryman-Sheppard– UNV Programme Assistant
- Beverly Charles – Operations Manager
- Lisa Marie Clarke – Human Resources Associate
- Stephen Rovedas - Finance Associate
- Michelle Kallie-Luke – Finance Assistant
- Dennison Charles – ICT Assistant
- Vanessa Chiddick - Procurement Associate