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Speech by Angela Cropper, UNEP Deputy Executive Director at the ceremony for her Honorary Doctorate received from the University of the West Indies

West Indies, 30 October 2009 - Chancellor of the University of the West Indies, Sir George Alleyne; Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West Indies, Professor E. Nigel Harris; Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the St. Augustine Campus, Professor, Clement Sankat and Dr. Rohanie Maharaj; Members of the Executive Management of the University of the West Indies; Minister of Trade and Industry Senator the Hon. Mariano Browne; Chief Secretary Tobago House of Assembly The Hon. Orville London; Members of the Diplomatic Corps; Members of Campus Management and Faculty of the St. Augustine Campus; Members of the Media; Parents, Friends and other well wishers; My fellow graduates...

Good afternoon.

I thank the University of the West Indies for this exceptional honour, and I thank the Public Orator for her very generous citation. I feel elevated by the consideration given to me by the University. At the same time, I am a little startled by it, having to my mind no 'body of work' to put on display. And so it is with deep humility that I accept from the University this Degree Honoris Causa.

I appear before you as a graduate of this University, within which I have had my grounding at the Campuses of St.Augustine and Cave Hill, and from which I have taken my bearings. I thank the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago, and of Barbados, whose taxes bore the cost of my education. I am still trying to give something back to this Region that could possibly be commensurate with that investment.

Please permit me some personal reflections, which this occasion invokes for me.

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