Inauguration of Assistant Secretary General
Washington, D.C., July 17, 2015
In the opening ceremony, the OAS Assistant Secretary General, Ambassador Mendez reiterated his commitment to work closely with Secretary General Almagro in the process of modernization of the institution. “We must find ways to overcome our challenges and create the enabling environment for economic and social prosperity by identifying new areas of cooperation, creative financing mechanisms, and maximizing the catalytic potential of the OAS.”
Ambassador Nestor Mendez
Assistant Secretary General
H.E. Nestor Mendez is the Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) having assumed office on July 13, 2015. Prior to his election, he served as the Ambassador of Belize to the United States of America, Permanent Representative of Belize to the OAS, and Non-Resident High Commissioner for Belize to Canada. As Ambassador of Belize to the United States, Ambassador Mendez travelled throughout the country to engage with the Belizean Diaspora and to meet with prospective investors and companies interested in investing in Belize. He also focused on a wide range of development issues pertaining to the Caribbean and Central America such as alternative sources of energy, micro, small and medium sized enterprises, trade and investment promotion, and security.
Furthermore, during his tenure as Permanent Representative of Belize to the OAS, Ambassador Mendez chaired several Councils and Committees of the organization including the Permanent Council, the Committee on Hemispheric Security, the Special Committee for Migration Issues, and the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI) where he focused on matters related to innovation, competitiveness, and supporting micro, small and medium sized enterprises as engines for economic growth and development.
Ambassador Mendez previously held diplomatic posts at the High Commission for Belize in London, United Kingdom where he served as Counsellor and at the Embassy of Belize in Guatemala where served as First Secretary. He holds a Master’s Degree in International Policy and Practice from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., a Graduate Level Certificate in Diplomatic Studies from Oxford University in Oxford, United Kingdom, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University College of Belize in Belize City, Belize. He is fluent in English and Spanish. He is married and has two children.