The High Commission for the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago regrets to inform of the death of Her Excellency Yvonne Gittens-Joseph, former High Commissioner to Jamaica, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Head of the Foreign Service of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. The late Excellency Gittens-Joseph passed away on Monday 23 February, 2015.
The funeral service for the late former High Commissioner to Jamaica will take place on Thursday 5 March, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Jude’s Anglican Church, No. 19 King Street, Arima, Trinidad and Tobago.
Her Excellency Yvonne Gittens-Joseph was appointed High Commissioner to Jamaica with accreditation to Dominican Republic, Cuba (until 2008) and Haiti from 2006 to 2010.
She joined the Foreign Service in July 1975 and worked in various Divisions including that of Political and Economic Affairs, International Economic Relations and International Trade, Protocol and Consular, and Administration. She also held the positions of Director of the Division of Political Affairs from 1992 to 1995 and Director of the CARICOM and Caribbean Affairs Division from 2002 to 2004.
Her Excellency Yvonne Gittens-Joseph served as First Secretary at the Permanent Mission to the United Nations, Geneva (1977-1981); Deputy High Commissioner at the High Commission, New Delhi (1981-1983); and Deputy Permanent Representative at the Permanent Mission to the United Nations, New York (1995-2002).
She was elected Chairperson of one of the main United Nations Committees, the Third Committee at the 55th Session of the United Nations General Assembly serving in this capacity from 2000 to 2001.
As High Commissioner, the late Excellency Gittens-Joseph represented Trinidad and Tobago at several meetings of CARICOM, Association of Caribbean States, Commonwealth and the United Nations. She was also part of the United Nations Observer Mission in South Africa (UNOMSA) in April 1994.
A book of condolences will be opened for signature at the High Commission for the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, 25 Windsor Avenue, Kingston 5, on Thursday 05 March, 2015 from 9: a.m. to 3:00 p.m.