Trinidad & Tobago, Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten

About us

UNDP in Trinidad and Tobago

Our Context 

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been operational in Trinidad and Tobago and the Dutch Autonomous countries, since 1961. Our multi-country office serves Aruba, Curacao, Sint Marteen and Trinidad and Tobago to address common development challenges. 

Our corporate context defines the work of UNDP as a component of the UN's global development network, which advocates for change and connects countries to knowledge, experience, and resources to help build a better life. 

Our Team

The Trinidad and Tobago Multi-Country Office is led by Mr. Ugo Blanco, the Resident Representative (RR). Mr. Blanco is the UNDP Administrator's representative at the country level and the head of the country office.  The Resident Representative is responsible for the quality and sustainability of UNDP's interventions, policies and procedures in the country.


Mrs. Sharifa Ali-Abdullah, Assistant Resident Representative is the second-in-command to the Resident Representative.  The Assistant Resident Representative is responsible for the operations of the Programme Unit which oversees UNDP’s projects, international developmental partner relations, implementing partner relationships and stakeholder engagements.


Ms. Beverly Charles is the Operations Manager. Ms. Charles oversees the Finance, ICT, Human Resources, Security, Site Operations and Procurement functions of the UNDP’s TTMCO.


An organigramme of the full TT MCO complement can be downloaded and reviewed here: 


Our Priorities 

UNDP Trinidad and Tobago focuses on the following key areas:

  1. Climate Resilience, Environmental Management & Disaster Preparedness

  2. Sustainable Energy

  3. Inclusive Growth & Social Inclusion

  4. Rule of Law & Good Governance

We are guided by our Country Programme Document (CPD) for 2022-2026 and the United Nations Multi-Country Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UN MSDCF), which was validated with 17 Caribbean governments and is aligned with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) strategic plan. We are also guided by global agreements such as the Small Island Developing States Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We are also informed by the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Trinidad and Tobago National Development Plan: Vision 2030