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Welcome to the webpage of the Organization of American States’ Office in Belize. Our objective is to showcase the programs and activities contributing to national development. We trust that the site will promote a deeper understanding of OAS efforts in Belize. Our office was established in August 1995.
Our most outstanding activities and programs in Belize have been in support of the contribution to the strengthening of democratic institutions through the amplification of communication channels for informing and educating the people on issues of national and regional importance that provide an opportunity for dissemination of information and that allow for citizen participation in the democratic process.
OAS Belize Office, Wednesday March 2, 2016
OAS Representative Meets with Leader of the People’s United Party (PUP)
On February 29, 2016, the OAS Representative in Belize, Starret D. Greene, was host of a meeting with the Honorable John Briceno, the newly elected leader of the People’s United Party (PUP) and Leader of the Opposition in Belize’s National Assembly. The meeting took place at the OAS Belize Office in Belize City with the overall objective of exchanging thoughts on important political issues in Belize and to prepare the grounds for establishing a working relationship that will allow for regular dialogue between both officials.
The occasion was the first time that the two officials were meeting each other, and at the outset, it therefore allowed for formal introduction and exchange of pleasantries.
However, both gentlemen used the meeting to discuss a number of issues ranging from the recent campaign for leadership of the PUP to the state of agriculture and the Belize/Guatemala Territorial Dispute.
On the issue of Mr. Briceno’s emergence as the newly elected leader of his party, he expressed optimism about being able to unite party supporters, following the January 31st elections, and motivate them to focus on returning the PUP into Government. He also informed the OAS Representative that the Party would shortly make an announcement of the appointment of three (3) new candidates to the Senate, who would represent the positions of the PUP on a range of issues to be debated in that Legislative Chamber.
Regarding the state of agriculture in Belize, the Leader of the Opposition lamented the challenges that farmers were facing, particularly in the North of the country, where drought conditions had resulted in the sector losing approximately BZ$30 million. In relation to his party’s position on Belize/Guatemala relations, with special reference to the Territorial Dispute, the PUP Leader informed the OAS Representative that he had established a Special Committee to advise him on the issues pertaining to the subject and to keep him apprised of the state of current negotiations at the various levels. The Leader also revealed that he had appointed a member of the said Committee to sit on the Belize/Guatemala Commission.
The OAS Diplomat, consistent with the OAS Professional Development Program, offered to Mr. Briceno, an opportunity for some of the young leaders in the party to be exposed to a presentation on “Leadership in the 21st Century”. Mr. Greene explained that the exercise was an opportunity to build capacity among the youths in the party and to position them to play a more effective role in formulating and articulating the party’s position on current and emerging political, economic, social and cultural issues. The offer was readily accepted by the Leader.
Both gentlemen agreed that the meeting opened the opportunity for them to hold further discussions and that it also set the stage for having regular dialogue on political and other issues of relevance to the OAS and the PUP alike.
Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza, Friday February 19, 2016
OAS, UNICEF and GOB Collaborate on Birth Registration Stakeholders Meeting
The Offices of the Organization of American States in Belize and the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), in collaboration with the Government of Belize (GOB), through its Vital Statistics unit of the General Registry Department, hosted a meeting of Birth Registration Stakeholders, on February 18, 2016, at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza. The event was held to discuss the findings and recommendations of a Report, commissioned by UNICEF, to investigate the state of the current birth registration coverage and system in Belize.
The agenda for the event included Opening Remarks by Mr. Ivan Yerovi H., Representative of UNICEF in Belize; Remarks by Starret D Greene, OAS Representative in Belize, and the Key note Address by the Honorable Kenneth Benjamin, Chief Justice, Belize Supreme Court.
However, the main agenda item was Dr. Holness’ Presentation on the Findings and Recommendations of her Report. In this regard, the Consultant outlined a set of bottlenecks that were preventing 100% birth registration in Belize. Among her many findings of the current Birth Registration System were (1) leadership failures (2) Inadequate staff (3) inadequate resources (4) birth registration inaccessibility (5) lack of oversight (6) shortage of materials (7)no access by registrars to travel to the unregistered and (8) a widely dispersed population.
The methodology the consultant used allowed her to meet with the Registrar General and with the leadership and staff of the Civil Registry as well. She observed the activities of the Vital Statistics Unit as well as the Civil Registration Process across all Districts in Belize, except the town of Corozal. In addition, Dr. Holness met with key stakeholders to include the Hospitals, Funeral Directors, Ministers of Religion, Marriage officers and others.
Crucial to the next steps following the presentation of the Consultant’s report was the dialogue that ensued between stakeholders who were assigned to three distinct working groups. Issues relating to social norms, access, legislative policy, budget, expenditure and management/coordination, were elaborated. The salient points will be provided to the Consultant for inclusion in her final report.
In 2008, the OAS adopted the Inter-American Program for Universal Civil Registry and the “Right to Identity”. The Universal Civil Identity Project was subsequently established as the vehicle through which the organization works with its partners to strengthen the administrative and technological capacities of public registries in member countries.
The Organization of American States (OAS) working through its Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Belize to implement the Program “University of Belize: a Caribbean University Interdisciplinary and Integrated Drug Demand Reduction Proposal.” This two-year program (2013-2014), is a component of a wider regional CICAD-CARICOM project Caribbean Universities on Drug Phenomenon.
Its overall objective is to build knowledge base of faculty, staff and student in Drug Demand Reduction (DDR), including research to guide evidence based policy, decision making and Curriculum Development.
The SVP approach stresses the importance of community based, Flood Early Warning Systems, and the need for early involvement of all community members in vulnerability assessment, risk identification, observation and monitoring of floods, preparedness, communication and the delivery of the alert and response. The project builds upon the experiences from other small valley flood alert programs, while adapting to latest findings on CC and Climate Variability trends, and capitalizing on state of the art weather forecast systems.
The program seeks to strengthen national capacities to prevent and eliminate illicit firearms trafficking by training national authorities in proper stockpile management techniques; modernizing stockpile facilities and destroying obsolete and/or surplus firearms and ammunitions. It will also encourage participating countries to review existing firearms laws and legislation and ensure that they are in compliance with the provisions of CIFTA and other international agreements on firearms trafficking.
BC-PAN will contribute to the strengthening of democratic institutions in Belize through the amplification of communication channels for informing and educating the people on issues of national and regional importance. Will provide an avenue for dissemination of information and to allow for citizen participation in the democratic process.
Civil Identity Program of the Americas (PUICA)
Modernization of the Civil Registry of Belize. OAS has partnered with UNICEF to provide Belize with a modernized civil registry, with the fucus on birth registrations. Belize has been found wanting a proper mechanism to effectively record the births, deaths and mariages of its citizens, update registration records as is necessary and finally in issuing of the registration certificates to its citizens.
Capacity Building Tourism and Certification Project
To foster the development of a professional and skilled workforce that will greatly contribute to the regions to cultivate a lucrative, competitive and sustainable industry.
Waste to Energy Initiative
To access the market potential for cellulosic ethanol in Belize through sustainable implementation of cellulosic ethanol technology utilizing agricultural and forest residues as primary biomass feedstock. A supplementary objective is to help member states identify, access and prepare Waste-to-Energy projects, including cellulosic ethanol projects in other Caribbean countries.
Jathropha Innovation Center for Community Adapted Technologies and Development in Belize
Description: The General purpose is to establish a Jathropha Innovation Centre to utilize Jathropha curcas L (JC) and its vegetable oil for community development; to generate income to rehabilitate degraded land and to reduce Green House Gas Emissions. Furthermore the project will generate information and education materials on how to manage commercial JC plantations including social economic scenarios about rural community’s participation.
Building Capacity of Disadvantage Communities in Belize for Income Generation and Job Creation
Empower disadvantage communities in Belize with the requisite education and skills necessary for increasing opportunities for income generation and capacity for self-sufficiency through the development of value chains. Also, enabling environment for sustainable livelihoods improved for women and at risk youth within Belize City and Stann Creek through education, training and value chain development.
Building Sustainable Community Enterprise Development Capacity for Poverty Alleviation Among Indigenous Communities in Southern Belize
Local Communities are benefiting from environmentally friendly value-added socio-economic programs, thereby enhancing the integrated landscape management of the Southern biological corridor.
The OAS Student Internship Program is designed for undergraduate, graduate and young professional student to allow them to work within their fields of study. The program although unpaid is very competitive. The OAS has 28 national offices and some special programs located in the member states. Internships are available in almost all of the offices and this will allow interns to choose whether they prefer to work in their home country or in another office.
The Organization of American States (OAS) is the main political forum of the hemisphere which promotes and supports Democracy, Human Rights, Multidimensional Security and the Integral Development in the Americas. The OAS seeks to prevent conflicts and to provide political stability, social inclusion and prosperity in the region, through dialogue and collective actions.
We offer you a unique opportunity to gain work experience in different areas and in an international and a multicultural environment. You will have the opportunity to participate in a meaningful learning experience with orientation to the OAS mission, pillars, structure and projects in the hemisphere.
All the documents should be sent to email@example.com
Internships are available in Washington DC. Check out www.oas.org/internships.
The OAS has 28 national offices and some special programs located in the member states. This allows anyone interested, to participate in the internship program in their country of origin, or other country of interest.
Besides working in the different projects of the Office, interns must participate in a series of activities that are part of a Complementary Online Program
This is an unpaid internship. Candidates must meet a series of requirements.
The OAS Academic Scholarship Program (Regular Program), established in 1958, grants scholarships every year for the pursuit of Master’s Degrees, Doctoral Degrees and Research leading to a degree. The OAS Special Caribbean Scholarships Program (SPECAF), established in 1983, grants scholarships for the last two years of undergraduate studies to citizens and residents of the English-speaking Caribbean OAS Member States. In addition to these programs the OAS, through its Partnerships Program for Education and Training (PAEC), is able to offer other attractive scholarship opportunities for academic studies with the support of its partner institutions in the Americas and around the world.
The OAS - Rowe Fund loan program for studies in the United States was established in 1948. This program grants financial aid in the form of interest-free loans for up to $15,000 dollars for graduate, research, and the last two years of undergraduate studies, including semester exchange programs. Applications may be submitted at any time during the studies in the U.S. and are accepted and reviewed year-round. For more information about how to obtain a Rowe Fund loan, find other financial aid for studies abroad, or identify a university in the United States according to field of study, cost, or location, visit: www.oas.org/en/rowefund and follow us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/rowefund