Address: Office of the General Secretariat of the OAS
2nd Floor, 1216 Blue Marlin Blvd.
P.O. Box 2019
Belize City, Belize, C.A.
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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.
Belize City, Monday February 20, 2017
February 20, 2017
Contact OAS Belize Office: 501-223-3144
OAS BELIZE OFFICE FORGES COOPERATION WITH CUSOMS & EXCISE DEPARTMENT
The OAS Belize Office and the Belize’s Customs and Excise Department have informally agreed to further strengthen their levels of cooperation and collaboration, in specified areas, in order to help build institutional capacity and improve the department’s human resource capability.
This agreement to bolster OAS/Customs & Exercise partnership was reached in a meeting held between Mr. Starret Greene, the OAS Representative in Belize and Mr. Colin Griffith Sr, the Acting Comptroller of Customs and Excise, at the Customs Headquarters, located in the Port Loyola Area of Belize City, on February 20, 2017. Also present and participating in the wide ranging discussions were three (3) Deputy Comptrollers of Customs & Excise, with varying responsibilities, namely, Mrs. Estelle Leslie and Messrs Ian Haylock and Thomas Young.
In terms of helping to improve the department’s human resource capability, the OAS Representative offered to conduct a course in Leadership for Customs and Excise Officers who were in leadership positions or those who aspired to become leaders. In this connection, arrangements for the course, to include administrative and logistics, would be implemented over a period of time in different regions of Belize to ensure wide geographical representation of participants. The first session was scheduled to commence in March 2017, for officers working in the Belize District.
On the operational side of the Customs & Exercise Department, the Acting Comptroller offered the OAS Representative the opportunity to visit its workstations across the country, beginning with those in the northern districts of Belize, bordering Mexico. It was the view of all present that this proposed visit would give the OAS Representative a close up view of the work of Customs Officers and allow him to see, firsthand, the challenges they faced in trying to ensure the free movement of people, goods and services, in accordance with the laws of Belize, and consistent with established practices and procedures.
In this connection, the parties to the informal agreement expressed the view that the information to be gathered by the OAS Representative could be used to inform authorities at the OAS Headquarters in Washington, D.C., and could be instrumental, as well, in helping to reach consensus on how the OAS could better support the operations of the Belize Customs & Exercise Department.
The OAS has continued to work with its member countries to strengthen their institutional capacities and improve their human resource capabilities, through the convening of seminars, workshops, scholarships and short term courses.
Belize City, Monday November 21, 2016
News Item (OAS Belize Office)
OAS & UNFPA Collaborate to Disseminate 2016 World Population Report
Consistent with the initiative of both the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) and Head of the Regional Office of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), to join forces in preparing the America’s region for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), within the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the OAS Representative in Belize, Starret D Greene, and the Liaison Officer for UNFPA’s Office in Belize City, Ms. Tisa Grant, appeared on a Television Program, on Channel 5 Television, in Belize, to extend the launch of the 2016 World Population Report. The Report highlighted the varying circumstances facing 10 year old girls in today’s world. Also appearing on the program was the Manager of the Sexual and Reproductive Health Unit in Belize’s Department of Youth Services, Mr. Eckert Middleton.
During the airing of the program, the discussion focused on a number of the Report’s findings in relation to girls at 10 years, living in various parts of the world. The conversation was wide ranging and the following key points were elaborated:
(a) The possibilities and opportunities that existed for many girls at 10 years that would positively influence their lives and education careers;
(b) The existence of social and cultural norms, institutions, discriminatory laws and traditions that can hinder or block the development of 10 year old girls;
(c) The need to give priority to improving and implementing various public policy options, in parts of the world, to address gender discrimination; and
(d) The gains that can be achieved on behalf of 10 year old girls when existing risks are minimized and an environment is created to help these girls realize their full potential.
Both the OAS and UNFPA have agreed to prioritize their collaboration by building awareness and disseminating activities on the SDG’s, particularly those related to mental health, universal access to quality health services and the improvement of the well being of women, children and adolescents in the Americas.
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