Thursday, November 15, 2012

PM Kamla mourns Angela Cropper

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar on Wednesday extended condolences on behalf of the people and Government of Trinidad and Tobago to the family of Angela Cropper, who died Monday evening in London.

In a media release, Persad-Bissessar said, “In Mrs. Cropper we have a stirring example of an intelligent, warm, strong woman, who refused to allow personal tragedy to change her convictions, but instead remained true to her role as social activist, environmentalist and humanitarian.

Angela Cropper (1946-2012)
“Mrs. Cropper’s passing is not only a loss for the people of Trinidad and Tobago, but also for the CARICOM Region, as well as internationally”, added the Prime Minister as she acknowledged Mrs. Cropper’s former positions as Director of Functional Co-operation at the CARICOM Secretariat, Advisor on the Environment and Education to the CARICOM Secretary General and Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Environmental Programme.

“Her passing leaves a void which will not be easily filled, but her life is a remarkable testimony to selfless service to community and Country”.

Cropper was the co-founder of the Cropper Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation focussed on sustainable development, equity, and better environmental and resource management. 

She was also a former Independent Senator in Trinidad and Tobago and from 2001-2005 she was Co-chair of the Millennium Assessment Panel, a global programme to undertake a holistic scientific assessment of the state of ecosystems across the world; and also served as a member of the core writing team for the synthesis report, Ecosystems and Human Well-Being; as well as Co-ordinating Lead Author of the Caribbean Sea Ecosystem Assessment.

The Prime Minister said of Cropper: "She truly loved her native land and was passionately interested in supporting initiatives by young people interested in governance, environmental conservation and sustainable development she was an outstanding female role model and a Caribbean icon. She will be deeply missed."

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