Experts' profiles - Vincent Sweeney
Vincent Sweeney
Mr. Sweeney holds both a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Civil Engineering from the Technical University of Nova Scotia and a Diploma in Engineering from Dalhousie University. He specialized in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, at the Centre for Water Resources Studies. He was admitted to the Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia (APENS) as a full Member in 1989.

He is currently the Coordinator of the Global Progamme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (or GPA), with UNEP. He started this position in January 2012. His current focus would be addressing the priority pollutant sources of wastewater, marine litter and nutrients. Prior to that he served for 5 years as Regional Project Coordinator for the GEF-funded project on Integrating Watershed & Coastal Area Management in Caribbean Small Island Developing States, implemented by UNEP and executed by the Caribbean Environment Programme/Secretariat for the Cartagena Convention. Before joining UNEP in 2006, he served for 10 years as Executive Director of the Caribbean Environmental Health Institute (CEHI), a technical institution of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), and previously served for four years as Sanitary Engineer at CEHI. As Sanitary Engineer he provided technical and advisory services to 16 countries in all areas of environmental management, including solid, liquid and hazardous waste management and water sector development.

He has also worked as a Senior Engineer with the Water Department of the Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA), responsible for both Planning & Development and Operations & Maintenance. His private-sector experience includes working as a Project Engineer with a Consulting firm in Canada, immediately after graduation.

He has sat on a number of Advisory Bodies within the Caribbean region and elsewhere, including the National Water & Sewerage Commission in St. Lucia and the Board of Directors of the Caribbean Basin Water Management Program (Inc.), as well as Technical Advisory Committees for a number of regional and international projects. Such projects include the GEF-funded Caribbean Large Marine Ecosystem project.

He is a two-time Vice-President of the Caribbean Water & Wastewater Association (CWWA) and has served on the Task Force for the Health & Environment Ministers of the Americas Initiative, the Steering Committee for IW:LEARN, the Steering Committee for Caribbean Waternet (the regional arm of the IWRM Capacity-building Network, CAPNET), and the Steering Committee for the White Water to Blue Water initiative. He is currently Co-Chair of the UN-Water Task Force on Wastewater Management.

Vincent was born in Canada, and raised in the Caribbean.
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