UNDP and the UN System

ALternative text for images(L-R) Member of Parliament Adrian Leonce, Asst Resident Representative UNDP Stacy Richards Kennedy, The Honourable Ayanna Webster-Roy, Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister, Richard Blewitt – UNDP Resident Coordinator

UNDP has had a presence in Trinidad and Tobago for over fifty years, its office was established in 1961 and since then it has introduced several programmes to assist in development, and established many institutions to facilitate national growth.  UNDP provided technical assistance leading to the discovery of oil and gas in Trinidad and Tobago, which today is the backbone of the national economy.

UNDP’s work focuses on transformative initiatives that support and help facilitate the transition to long-term development within the framework of the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the country’s development agenda. As Trinidad and Tobago constructs its own development solutions, UNDP offers complementary ideas for strategic development projects and capacity building in support of continued efforts to eradicate pockets of extreme poverty, facilitate citizen security, enable youth development, promote democratic governance, promote and protect human rights and improve energy and environmental management, and disaster risk reduction, amongst others.

UNDP aims to create an enabling environment where the Governmenthas the capacities for inclusive and sustainable human development; meet the national commitments, and internationally agreed goals including the Millennium Development Goals. UNDP's serves as a policy advisor and provider of technical support and expertise to the Government as and when required, while coordinating the efforts of the entire UN system.

UNDP focuses on policy and knowledge advisory services that facilitate poverty reduction, improved democratic governance, sound environmental management, climate resilience, options for sustainable energy and building resilience to natural and man-made hazards. UNDP seeks to support the development agenda by co-operating with its multilateral partners and other UN agencies through information sharing and mutual participation on programme development, support and implementation as well as serving on project advisory boards. 

UN agencies in the country

UNDP and the UN works in partnership with the Government of Trinidad and Tobago.  There are 13 UN agencies working in country, 9 of which are resident.