UNDP Reinforces Commitment to Caribbean Sustainability with Assistant Secretary General's Visit to Trinidad & Tobago
November 10, 2023
Port of Spain 10th November 2023
Michelle Muschett, Assistant Secretary General and Regional Director for the Latin America and the Caribbean region at the United Nations Development (UNDP), embarked on her first mission to the English-speaking Caribbean, beginning with a mission in Trinidad & Tobago on November 6th and 7th. In recognition of the critical role the Caribbean plays globally, Ms. Muschett has consistently underscored the region's significance since assuming her role as a Senior Official of the United Nations. This recent visit is a testament to UNDP’s dedication to the region, further reinforcing the importance placed on fostering partnerships for sustainable development.
During her mission, the UN Assistant Secretary General engaged in productive discussions with key Government officials, including Hon Dr. Amery Browne, Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs, Hon. Pennelope Beckles-Robinson, Minister of Planning of Development and The Hon. Bridgid Annisette-George, Speaker of the House of Representatives. These discussions serve to deepen the positive relationship established between Trinidad and Tobago and UNDP.Ms. Muschett highlighted the Ministers’ leadership in promoting multilateralism and their commitment to reduce carbon emissions by 15% in 2030. also recognized Minister Beckles for her pivotal role as a champion of the Sustainable Development Goals and Climate Action on national, regional, and global levels.
Ms. Muschett also met with the United Nations Resident Coordinator, Ms. Joanna and other members of the United Nations Country Team, discussing ways to enhance UN support for Caribbean countries and institutions. The conversations emphasized the increasing international presence of Caribbean countries in global fora, underscoring the UN's commitment to improving the lives and well-being of all citizens without leaving anyone behind.
The highlight of Ms. Muschett's visit was the "Launch of the PV Solar Installation System in the Aquaculture Demonstration Centre," a project funded by the European Union under the Global Climate Change Alliance. Together with Minister Beckles-Robinson, Ms. Muschett toured the ponds and hydroponic installations, engaging with stakeholders and farmers benefitting from the initiative, showcasing the tangible impact of UNDP efforts on the ground.
To conclude, on 8 November, UNDP Trinidad and Tobago hosted a sub-regional meeting of UNDP Heads of Office in the region. Representatives from Barbados and the OECS, Guyana and Suriname and Jamaica and Belize as well as Trinidad and Tobago, Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten convened for a full day to discuss regional priorities and opportunities and challenges. UNDP remains steadfast in its dedication to fostering sustainable development for all.
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