The United Nations System in Trinidad and Tobago (UNTT) hosted an SDG exhibit at the Inaugural Tobago Environmental Partnership Conference at the Mount Irvine Bay Resort on 13 and 14 May. Some of the notable speakers at the opening ceremony included, Her Excellency Paula Mae Weekes, The President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and Kelvin Charles, Tobago House of Assembly Chief Secretary. Participants were urged to “fullticipate” in this new platform, which will enable stakeholders in Tobago to work together on critical environmental issues facing the island.
The Tobago Environmental Partnership is a collaboration between the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) and environmental civil society in Tobago, represented by the Environmental Research Institute Charlotteville and Environment Tobago. The organisers planned the event with the hopes of generating discussions and formulating ideas about a sustainable future for the island, its ecology and inhabitants. A number of stakeholders were invited to showcase their work with the Tobago environment, including United Nations. Willard Philips of UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean ( ECLAC) presented on the benefits and future of green and blue economies.
Some of the other areas of dicussion inlcuded costal management, partnerships bewteen civil society organisations and government, sustainable tourism and climate change. These issues are also part of the Sustainable Development Goals strategy or Agenda 2030, so it was a natural expectation to see United Nations offices exhibiting their work and campaigns that will helop small developing island states like Trinidad and Tobago.