Ms Angela Cropper, Trinidad and Tobago

06 July 2012 | News story

Angela Cropper is Special Adviser to the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme and President of the Cropper Foundation, a not-for-profit charitable organization committed to sustainable development.

Angela is recognized for her long and distinguished career in environmental affairs throughout which she has advocated for the equitable use of natural resources and actively participated in many high level processes at the cutting edge of sustainable development.

She has served in various capacities with the Caribbean Community and Common Market Secretariat (CARICOM); she was Interim Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity; Senior Adviser on Environment and Development with the United Nations Development Programme; and Assistant Secretary General and Deputy Executive Director for the United Nations Environment Programme. She has also served on a number of international advisory boards, the Board of Trustees of the Stockholm Environment Institute, the External Advisory Group to the World Bank on the implementation of its forest strategy and as an independent member of the Senate in the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago.
Through the Cropper Foundation, Angela has inspired activities in public policy, environmental education, and social justice throughout the Caribbean Region.

Angela’s involvement with IUCN spans more than two decades. She was Head of Governance, 1991-1993, with responsibilities for policy-making, institution building and leading the development of a Strategic Plan for the Union; Deputy Chair of IUCN’s Commission on Environmental Law, 1997-1998 and a member of the Commission from 2004 to the present day. She has been a continuing source of wisdom and support for IUCN’s activities.

Angela is the recipient of a number of environmental awards in recognition of her achievements.