Vincent Sweeney, Head of the UN Environment Caribbean Sub-Regional Office, has had a long-standing and successful history in environmental –related work. The holder of a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the Technical University of Nova Scotia, Vincent was registered as a full member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia (APENS) in 1989. Before returning to the Caribbean as the Head of the Caribbean Sub-Regional Office for UN Environment in    February 2016, he was  based in Nairobi, Kenya for 4 years as the Coordinator of the Global Progamme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (or GPA), located within the United Nations Environment’s  headquarters.  He started his career in the UN as Regional Project Coordinator for a GEF project on “Integrating Watershed & Coastal Area Management in Caribbean SIDS, between 2006 and 2012. Previously, he served for 10 years as Executive Director of the Caribbean Environmental Health Institute, an institution of the Caribbean Community, and has worked with water utilities in the Caribbean and in private consulting firms.
United Nations Environment is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.   Through the UN Environment Latin America and the Caribbean Office, UN Environment has been supporting the people of the Caribbean in their efforts to ensure sustainability of their natural resources and the environment. UN Environment’s presence in the Caribbean sub-region expanded with the establishment of the UN Environment’s Caribbean Sub-Regional Office, located in Kingston, Jamaica in 2016. The office, which reports to the Regional Director of the Latin America and Caribbean Office in Panama City, Panama through the Head of the Caribbean Office, brings the global UN Environment suite of services closer to the Caribbean. The establishment of this office has allowed UN Environment to continue to identify the kind of support needed by the people of Guyana in order to reach their national environmental objectives and meet their international obligations. Our current support includes the elaboration of a Green State Development Strategy which will propel the implementation of a Green State Economy, involving of municipal and neighbourhood…