Angela Cropper of Trinidad and Tobago Named New UNEP Deputy Executive Director by UN Secretary-General

UNEP Head Achim Steiner Congratulates Ms Cropper and Thanks Shafqat Kakakhel for Nine Years Distinguished Service in the Deputy Post

Nairobi, 7 November 2007-Ms Angela Cropper of Trinidad and Tobago was today named as the Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

The announcement was made by Ban Ki-Moon, the UN Secretary-General. Ms Cropper is expected to take up her post in February 2008.

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

She has worked at the local, national, regional and international levels on the nexus between environment and sustainable development.

Ms Cropper has been an inspiration for activities in public policy, environmental education and policy making, and social justice within Trinidad and Tobago and throughout the Caribbean Region.

Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director, said: "I am delighted that the Secretary General has appointed a person of such demonstrable intellect; depth of experience in the environment and sustainable development fields; outstanding management qualities and natural diplomatic skills to the post of UNEP Deputy Executive Director at this important juncture in the organization's evolution".

Ms Cropper's list of achievements and successes including senior positions held in a wide range of national and international institutions as well as contributions to numerous key and relevant boards, trusts, committees and global assessments - within and outside the UN - will be an asset and an inspiration to UNEP and its staff, he underlined.

"The post of Deputy Executive Director is a key leadership and managerial appointment in UNEP. One that is central to the success and future direction of this organization as it strives to reform its work and fit itself for the very real and exacting challenges - but also extraordinary opportunities - emerging in this new century," said Mr Steiner.

He thanked the other distinguished and impressive individuals who had out forward their candidacies. Mr Steiner also thanked the interview panel for the thorough and transparent way they carried out the interviews and their deliberations.

Ms Cropper will succeed Mr Shafqat Kakakhel who in December steps down after nine years of distinguished service with UNEP in the Deputy Executive Director post.

"Mr Kakakhel has played a formidable and distinctive management and political role, utilizing his many years as a professional diplomat to great effect and not least in UNEP's relationship with member states and of course to our Committee of Permanent Representatives," added Mr Steiner.

Notes to Editors

Starting her career as an economist, Ms Cropper 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 UN Convention on Biological Diversity and as Senior Adviser on Environment and Development with the United Nations Development Programme.

Ms Cropper brings to UNEP profound experience in environmental policy, analysis and negotiations combined with high-level engagement in intergovernmental environmental negotiations and processes as well as a strong sense of vision and strategy setting. She also brings strong leadership and management qualifications and experience.

Throughout her career, Ms Cropper has advocated for the equitable use of natural resources and has actively participated in many high-level processes at the cutting edge of sustainable development. She 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.

Ms Cropper has received a number of environmental awards in recognition of her achievements and her visionary leadership and selfless public service which have catalyzed numerous activities for equity, peace and sustainable development at both international and local levels.

Ms Cropper 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.

Ms Cropper 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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