7 November 2007
Secretary-General
SG/A/1108
BIO/3951

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Biographical Note


SECRETARY-GENERAL APPOINTS ANGELA CROPPER OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO AS DEPUTY


EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME


United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Angela Cropper of Trinidad and Tobago as Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).


Ms. Cropper is currently an independent member of the Senate in the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago and President of The Cropper Foundation, a not-for-profit charitable organization committed to sustainable development.


She has also held senior positions with the Caribbean Community and Common Market Secretariat (CARICOM) and the World Conservation Union (IUCN), followed by positions as interim Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity and as Senior Adviser on Environment and Development with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).


Ms. Cropper played a key role in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and led two sub-global assessments on the Northern Range in Trinidad and the Caribbean Sea.  She has also received a number of environmental awards in recognition of her achievements in that field.


She is currently serving on a number of international advisory boards, including the CARICOM Task Force on Functional Cooperation, the Council of the United Nations University, the European Union High-Level Panel on Sustainability, the Board of Trustees of the Stockholm Environment Institute and the External Advisory Group to the World Bank on the implementation of its forest strategy.  She has also been a Visiting Distinguished Fellow with the Woods Hole Research Center and a Visiting Distinguished Fellow and McClusky Fellow with the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.


Ms. Cropper has a degree in development economics and international law from Trinidad and Tobago, and Barbados, respectively.


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