In memoriam: Philbert Brown
The UNCCD secretariat is deeply saddened by the news that Mr. Philbert Brown, UNCCD National Focal Point (NFP) for Jamaica for many years, passed away on 1 May 2021. His contributions to the convention over the years touched every aspect of the UNCCD process and included serving as a Chair of the CRIC, Chair of the CST, President of the COW, Vice President of the COP, Closing President of the COP in Geneva and Jamaica’s UNCCD NFP for 20 years.
Mr. Brown was one of the major negotiators in the UNCCD process and a dedicated supporter of the implementation process at the regional and sub-region levels. He also helped develop several National Action Plans for countries in the Caribbean sub-region and was honored by the Jamaican government for his representation of the country within the UNCCD process, and for his contribution to the process at the global, regional, sub-regional and national levels. He will be remembered fondly by many as an inspirational colleague and a mentor who successfully built positive and productive relationships between various Annexes of the Convention.