Trinidad and Tobago

Joined UNESCO: 02/11/1962

Head of State and/or Government

President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago: Her Excellency Ms Paula-Mae Weekes
Prime Minister: The Hon. Keith Rowley

Permanent Delegation to UNESCO

H. E. Ms Makeda Antoine Cambridge
Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Trinidad and Tobago to the United Nations at Geneva and the Specialized Agencies in Europe, Permanent Delegate (02/03/2018)

Permanent Delegation of Trinidad and Tobago to UNESCO
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National Commission for UNESCO

President: Mr Anthony Garcia

Secretary General, a.i.: Ms Sheriza Ali-Sarran

Trinidad and Tobago National Commission for UNESCO
Ministry of Education Level 5 Education Towers, Tower A 5 St. Vincent Street Port of Spain Trinidad and Tobago
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Representation in the Executive Board

The 1991 amendment modified Article V of the Constitution, regarding the status of members of the Board. From the 27th session of the General Conference (1993), the Executive Board consists of Member States rather than of persons (26 C/Resolution 19.3).
Title Name Years Sessions
MemberMs Sheilah Solomon1985-1988123-129
MemberMr Eugenio L. Moore1988-1989129-131
MemberMr Rabindranath Permanand1989132

Participation in subsidiary organs

Other intergovernmental organs

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission

Addresses delivered in the general policy debate by the Head of Delegation at the General Conference

37 session of the General Conference

His Excellency Dr Tim Gopeesingh, Minister of Education of Trinidad and Tobago

Speech delivered during the General Policy Debate of the 37th session of the General Conference - revised and corrected version of the verbatim records of plenary meetings

37 session of the General Conference

Mr Sandy, Trinidad and Tobago’s Minister of Education

Speech delivered during the General Policy Debate of the 37th session of the General Conference - revised and corrected version of the verbatim records of plenary meetings

36 session of the General Conference

H.E. Mr Tim GOPEESINGH, Minister of Education

Speech delivered during the General Policy Debate of the 36th session of the General Conference and posted as received

35 session of the General Conference

H.E. Mr Dennis Francis, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Delegate to UNESCO

“Trinidad and Tobago warmly congratulates the Director-General on his immensely successful stewardship of this Organization (…).”
“My Delegation also congratulates Ambassador Bokova (…).”
“Education reform in Trinidad and Tobago therefore actively promotes the higher levels of achievement across a broad spectrum of areas with heightened emphasis on technical and vocational training and on the further development and expansion of artistic and cultural components in the school curriculum.”
“Recognizing the potential contribution of culture in national development, the Government has taken measures to encourage even higher levels of achievement and expression in all genres. (…) the Government will soon launch a new state-of-the-art National Centre for the Performing Arts and work will shortly begin on the construction of the Trinidad and Tobago Entertainment and Cultural Centre, both facilities accounting for significant investment by the Exchequer.”
“Like all Small Island Developing States, Trinidad and Tobago faces the real challenge of climate change and sustainable development. (…). Trinidad and Tobago therefore welcomes the incorporation by UNESCO of sustainable development issues in its work programmes and encourages the Secretariat to further strengthen its engagement and cooperation with the Small Island Developing States, with particular reference to the Mauritius Strategy.”
“An issue of major concern has emerged across the region in the form of school violence, which threatens not only the security of those who populate the school environment, but moreover undermines and destabilizes the learning environment itself. (…) Prudent and creative interventions are urgently required to address this complex problem and in this regard it is important that UNESCO renews its focus on developing strategies of amelioration.”
“Though steady progress has been made in achieving the EFA goals, challenges nevertheless remain in the realm of adult illiteracy, which of course limits those affected from meaningful participation in the workforce. Within the limits of its practical constraints, the Government has taken steps to address this problem through mounting several intervention programmes. Trinidad and Tobago would welcome UNESCO support in developing national capacity to cope more effectively with this challenge.”
“We welcome UNESCO’s early childhood care education initiative with special emphasis on innovation, inclusion and monitoring. (…) Trinidad and Tobago therefore intends to seek a partnership with UNESCO to further enhance programme delivery and effectiveness in this particular area.”
“In giving effect to its strategic goal of creating innovative people, the Government is actively pursuing the introduction of science in the curriculum at primary level. We therefore endorse UNESCO’s emphasis on science as being critical to sustainable development and sustainable livelihoods.”

Celebration of anniversaries

  • 100th anniversary of the birth of Eric Williams, scholar and statesman (1911-1981) (2012)

  • Eric Williams produced a number of scholarly works focused on the Caribbean such as Capitalism and Slavery. Of particular significance are two books published in the 1960s long after he had abandoned his academic career for public life: British Historians and the West Indies and From Columbus to Castro. The former, based on research done in the 1940s and initially presented at a symposium at Atlanta University, sought to condemn racism in the nineteenth and early twentieth century in the West Indies Region.
    His work covers the following fields of competence of UNESCO: education, culture, social and human sciences, communication.