Angela Cropper

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Angela Cropper (c. 1946 – 12 November 2012) of Trinidad and Tobago served as Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).[1] She was appointed to this position by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in November 2007.

Prior to her appointment as ASG, Cropper was an independent Senator in the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago and President of the Cropper Foundation, a not-for-profit charitable organization committed to sustainable development. She shared the 2005 Zayed International Prize for "environmental action leading to positive change in society", along with Emil Salim, the former Indonesian minister for population and the environment.[2]

She served in various capacities with the Caribbean Community and Common Market Secretariat (CARICOM) and the World Conservation Union (IUCN). She was interim Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity and Senior Adviser on Environment and Development with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).[citation needed]

She also served on a number of international advisory boards, including the CARICOM Task Force on Functional Cooperation, the Council of the United Nations University, the European Union High-Level Panel on Sustainability, the Board of Trustees of the Stockholm Environment Institute, and the External Advisory Group to the World Bank on the implementation of its forest strategy. She was a Visiting Distinguished Fellow with the Woods Hole Research Center, and a Visiting Distinguished Fellow and McCluskey Fellow with the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.[citation needed]

She held degrees in development economics from Trinidad and Tobago, and in and international law from Barbados.


Angela Cropper's only child, a son, Devanand, died of heart disease in 1998. Her husband, John, her sister (Lynette Lithgow) and her mother (Maggie Lee) were murdered in December 2001 at the family home in Cascade, Port of Spain, in an apparent robbery. Two men, Lester Pitman and Daniel Agard, were convicted on 14 July 2004, and sentenced to death.[3][4] Lester Pitman's sentence was later reduced to 40 years' imprisonment.[5]


  1. ^ "Angela Cropper, 66, passes away in UK". 13 November 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
  2. ^ Dickson, David (23 December 2005). "Ecosystem assessment wins top environment award". Retrieved 26 October 2009.
  3. ^ Dodd, Vikram (15 December 2001). "Trinidad gang hack British trio to death". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 October 2009.
  4. ^ Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Court of Appeal (15 April 2005). "Cr. App. No. 44 and 45 of 2004" (PDF). Retrieved 16 September 2010.
  5. ^ Pitman to serve 40 years, Trinidad Express, December 18, 2013

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