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UN in T&T Welcomes Faine Richards to Communications and Advocacy Team

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The United Nations Resident Coordinator’s Office in Trinidad and Tobago has officially welcomed former newsroom editor and broadcaster, Faine Richards, as the new Development Coordination Officer for Programme Communications and Advocacy.
Faine spent 11 years as a newsroom storyteller, shining a spotlight on the needs, challenges and strengths of the people of Trinidad and Tobago. In her role as a news editor, she was at the forefront of an integration of print and television newsrooms into a digital-first operation.

Faine now brings her skills in crafting captivating and dynamic multimedia communication to the work of the UN. She will shape the public outreach and media messaging of the Resident Coordinator’s Office to showcase the impact of the UN’s work on the people of T&T and the Caribbean. Her work will support the UN Resident Coordinator, Marina Walter, in deepening engagement with the UN’s traditional partners and forging relationships with new ones across government, the private sector and civil society as the country works towards achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

Mrs. Walter is the designated representative of the UN Secretary General in T&T, Suriname, Aruba, Curacao and Sint Maarten and the highest-ranking representative of the UN agencies, programmes and funds that operate in these countries. Her office shapes the strategy of the entire UN team so they can support each country’s goals for development and their journey towards the SDGs. As coordinator of the UN’s development work, Mrs. Walter is the UN’s direct intermediary with Heads of State and Government.

Mrs. Walter said Faine’s work at the Resident Coordinator’s Office will bring more eyes to the critical work the UN is undertaking with its partners in Government and civil society.

“The next ten years will be key in supporting Trinidad & Tobago on its path towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Advocacy is an important element in this as it helps to raise awareness and mobilises citizens and partners to take on this task together. Having Faine as part of the team will allow us to make this important connection.“

Faine will be based at the UN RCO office on Chancery Lane in Port-of-Spain. She can be reached via mobile at 1-868-493-1816 and via email at faine.richards@one.un.org.

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