Address: Office of the General Secretariat of the OAS
2nd Floor, 1216 Blue Marlin Blvd.
P.O. Box 2019
Belize City, Belize, C.A.
Tel: (501) 223-3144 | (501) 223-3181
Fax: (501) 223-3130
Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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.
George Price Center, Belmopan, Monday October 27, 2014
In October 2014, Staff members of the OAS Belize Office worked in close collaboration with their counterparts in the Secretariat of the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (CICTE) in planning and organizing a Travel Document Examination and Fraud Detection Course in Belmopan, the capital city of Belize.
The event was held during the period October 27-30, 2014, at the George Price Center, and attracted over 30 participants, the majority of whom represented Belize’s Immigration and Customs departments.
In this connection, both the Immigration and Customs partnered with the CICTE Secretariat to hold the course in Belize, in order to further strengthen the human capacity of their frontline personnel, especially those who are assigned to handle travel documents at various ports, airports and border crossings in Belize. Moreover, the CICTE Secretariat also worked closely with the United States Custom and Border Protection division in securing two facilitators for the Course.
Speaking on behalf of the Organization of American States (OAS), the OAS Representative in Belize, Starret D Greene, remarked that the use of fraudulent documents had not only become a global threat but also it threatened national security and public safety as well. Mr. Greene said that bogus documents created serious vulnerabilities that could aid terrorists in carrying out acts of terror wherever they chose.
The OAS Diplomat expressed the view that combating counterfeit documents should not be the sole responsibility of governments, through their law enforcement agencies. He argued instead that the threat could be minimized by the collective and sustained action of global stakeholders, to include manufacturers, document issuers, financial institutions and retailers, who accept documents as vital to conducting businesses. The OAS Representative called on countries to work more closely with organizations such as the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and to adopt existing international standards that helped to counter the use of fraudulent documents. He also called for extensive training of officials who are responsible to examine and certify the authenticity of important documents. Mr. Greene emphasized that such officials should be unquestioned in their integrity and professionalism.
The CICTE Secretariat, in collaboration with its Hemispheric Stakeholders, has planned and executed a number of training courses in the Caribbean region, on the issuance and control of travel and identity documents.
Belize City, Belize, Thursday November 6, 2014
The Office of the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS), in Belize, is partnering with the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) in the implementation of the PADF Youth-Focused Entrepreneurship Program that targets youth who have limited opportunities. In this connection, the program aims to support youth-initiated micro and small businesses that increase access to jobs and encourage entrepreneurship, in Belize City.
At the official launch of two micro-businesses under the second phase of the Youth Engagement Services Project (YES), on November 6, 2014, in Belize City, the OAS Representative to Belize, Mr. Starret Greene, visited one of the two business that were officially launched.
In the presence of Ms. Caterina Valero, PADF’s Senior Program Director and Ms. Minerva Pinelo, Project Director in Belize, the OAS Diplomat reiterated his organization’s unwavering support for the work of the Foundation in Belize. He congratulated the young entrepreneurs for exhibiting great courage in starting their new enterprises and challenged them to remain steadfast in their quest to achieve financial independence. Mr. Greene also reminded the new owners of the micro businesses that taking risk was a necessary part of doing business and that they should remain focused on achieving their goals while adhering to sound business principles and practices.
PADF is a non-profit foundation of the Organization of American States. It was established in 1962, to among other things, implement integral socio-economic development programs for disadvantaged people and to aid victims of natural disasters and humanitarian crises.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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