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Mr. Cletus Springer

Director, Department of Sustainable Development, Organization of American States

Mr. Cletus Springer assumed duties as a Director of Sustainable Development in 2008. He is a graduate of the University of the West Indies (Public Administration and Mass Communications respectively); Oxford Brooks University (Urban Planning Studies, with a major in Regional Planning); and the Centre for Environmental Management and Planning of Aberdeen University (Environmental Impact Assessment).  In 2001, Mr. Springer completed a 20 year tour of national and regional public service which included stints in Saint Lucia’s Public Service as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Public Utilities, Civil Aviation and National Mobilization (1992-94); and in the Ministry of Planning, Development, Environment and Housing (1994-97); and as Adviser in Policy and Strategy Development with the OECS Secretariat, based in Saint Lucia (1998-2001).

Mr. Springer represented his country on several regional and international bodies, including as Alternate Governor of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. He headed Saint Lucia’s delegation at the Preparatory Meetings for the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) and the United Nations General Conference on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States. Prior to joining the OAS,

Mr. Springer headed his own consulting practice which catered to a client base that included Caribbean governments and intergovernmental institutions. Mr. Springer has authored scores of published and unpublished technical papers on a number of wide-ranging subjects. In his new capacity, he will oversee the design and implementation of sustainable development cooperation programmes in OAS Member States in the Caribbean.