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
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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.
Ocean Club, Placencia, Monday December 22, 2014
OAS Belize Office Provided Strong Support for Secretary General’s Visit
The OAS Belize Office was fully involved in the visit of His Excellency, Jose Miguel Insulza, Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), to Belize, during the period December 16-17, 2014. The SG’s official visit was at the invitation of the Government of Belize, and it was designed to accomplish the following purposes:
(1) On the evening of December 16, 2014, the Secretary General was the special guest at a reception hosted by the Foreign Minister of Belize, the Honorable Wilfred P. Elrington. At this event, Mr. Insulza was awarded with the Distinction of Honor from the Government of Belize for his leadership of the OAS and his personal involvement in the diplomatic process to strengthen relations between Belize and Guatemala, with specific reference to his untiring efforts in helping both countries to create an environment that would allow for the peaceful and amicable settlement of their Territorial Differendum.
(2) To attend the 44th Summit of the Central American Integration System (SICA), that was held on 17 December 2014, in Placencia, Belize.
(3) To Witness the Signing of 13 Agreements between Belize and Guatemala, during a special ceremony held in Placencia. Remarks were delivered by the Secretary General, the President of Guatemala, His Excellency, the Honorable Otto Perez Molina and the Prime Minister of Belize, the Honorable Dean Barrow. The actual signing of the agreements was done by His Excellency, the Honorable Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belize and His Excellency, the Hon. Carlos Raul Morales, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala. Mr. Insulza singed the agreements as Witness.
Upon arrival in Belize during the afternoon of December 16, 2014, the Secretary General and his Advisor were greeted at the Belize International Airport by Mrs. Lupita Thompson, the Administrative Technician in the OAS Belize Office. He was then met at the airport in Placencia by the OAS Representative Mr. Starret Greene and the Chauffeur/Messenger/Clerk, Mr. Andrew Moody.
During the Secretary General’s visit to Placencia, Representative Greene worked closely with the OAS Delegation to the SICA Summit to ensure effective coordination of all the requisite administrative, logistical, diplomatic, bilateral engagements, as well as meetings with the media.
Mrs. Lupita Thompson was again present at the Belize International Airport to say good-bye to the Secretary General and his Advisor on their departure to Washington, D.C., via El Salvador, on December 17, 2014.
Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza, Thursday January 22, 2015
OAS Belize Office Partners with IICA Office
Consistent with its strategy of forging partnerships with Regional, Hemispheric and International Organizations operating in Belize, as a means to leverage resources and to make developmental projects more impactful on their targeted audiences, the Office of the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States in Belize, the Office of its Sister Organization, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Agriculture (MNRA), collaborated in jointly sponsoring a Public –Private Consultative Dialogue, on Thursday, January 22, 2014, in Belize City, at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza.
The consultation was designed to identify potential market linkages for agribusiness development and to further strengthen the linkages between the Tourism and Agriculture sectors in Belize, in an effort to boost inputs from local farmers and to increase the contribution of both sectors to the economy.
OAS Representative in Belize, Mr. Starret Greene, his counterpart Mrs. Jean Lowry, Head of the IICA Office in Belmopan and High Level Officials in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Agriculture together agreed that there was a need to further develop the agro-productive sector in Belize and to give due focus to strengthening the linkages between tourism and agriculture, notwithstanding existing constraints.
The consultation, not only attracted a wide cross section of persons in both the agricultural and tourism sectors, but it also included women farmers and young people, keenly desirous of pursuing careers in farming.
The one day event featured two presentations that, among other things, identified critical success factors needed for successful implementation of value added agro-processing projects; suggested workable models for implementation; identified key commodities that could be the focus for interventions; and provided an overview of the factors affecting linkages between tourism and agriculture, while pointing to the existence of significant opportunities that could help strengthen the said linkages.
The dialogue, which was highly interactive, occurred through focus groups sessions that allowed for the exchange of ideas and sharing of best practices. Recommendations on the way forward in terms of developing the agro-productive sector as well as strengthening linkages between tourism and agriculture were put forward in the context of establishing a focus group that would meet to examine the issues raised and develop a plan of action on the way forward.
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