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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 Conference Room, Monday April 13, 2015
April 13, 2015
Held at the OAS Belize Office
With Galen University Students who participated in the 33rd MOAS in St. Kitts and Nevis
I wish to warmly welcome everyone present to this News Conference. A special welcome is extended to members of the various Media Houses who are present.
During the period March 24-26, 2015, the Organization of American States held its 33rd Model OAS General Assembly in St. Kitts and Nevis, the smallest member country. For the first time since the inception of this event, six (6) students from Galen University in Belize, accompanied by one staff member, represented Belize. Their involvement was in response to an invitation extended to colleges and universities in Belize from the OAS General Secretariat, through the office of the Assistant Secretary General.
Galen University was the first to respond positively to the invitation. Through the creative efforts at fund raising by some very enterprising and motivated students, together with support from the university and the OAS, sufficient funds were raised to cover the costs of airfare, room and board and other related expenses to travel to the Eastern Caribbean.
I wish to express my profuse appreciation to the University for supporting the Model OAS General Assembly, which is now an annual event on the Inter-American Agenda. Special thanks are extended to Mrs. Sherry Gibbs, lecturer, Monica Chun, responsible for student affairs, the students who participated, the staff in the OAS Belize Office, and members of staff in the Office of the Assistant Secretary General in Washington, D.C., for working together to make the Model OAS General Assembly meaningful, educational and memorable.
The Model OAS General Assembly is a program tailored for university students. It is specially designed to promote democracy among the youth of the hemisphere by familiarizing them with the work of the OAS and its member States, as well as to provide these young people with a better knowledge of the organization’s role as the premier political forum in the Hemisphere. The program is designed to bring students together, and it allows them to become engaged in an active learning exercise, where through role-playing, they represent the diplomats and political officials of the 34 member states of the OAS in similar settings and using well established procedures and practices as executed in a real OAS General Assembly forum.
Students from throughout the Caribbean, Canada, the United States, and countries in Latin America participated in the event.
NARCIE Conference Room, Belize City, Thursday March 19, 2015
OAS PROCCER Activities Launched in Belize
Activities associated with the OAS’ sponsored Training and Certification Program for Drug and Violence Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation (PROCCER) were launched in Belize, on March 19, 2015.
At a ceremony organized by the National Drug Abuse Control Council in Belize City, at the NARCIE Conference Room, on March 19, 2015, Dr. Peter Allen, CEO in the Ministry of Health said that about 70 Health Professionals would be trained to assist in rehabilitating those persons who were victims of drug abuse and drug dependency. The CEO explained that the training would focus on prevention techniques, treatment and rehabilitation. With respect to rehabilitation, he referenced the challenges of securing equipped rehabilitation centers. Nevertheless, he expressed the view that the training program was the first step in overcoming these challenges. Dr. Allen also used the occasion to express, on behalf of the Government of Belize and the Ministry of Health, his sincere thanks to the Organization of American States (OAS) for building a partnership with officials within the National Drug Abuse Control Council (NDACC) to ensure the success of the PROCCER program.
Also speaking at the launch was the OAS Representative in Belize, Starret Greene. The OAS Diplomat remarked that the PROCCER program was region wide, and that it was designed by the OAS’ Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD), in 2006, to develop and strengthen countries’ institutions, policies, and strategies regarding treatment and rehabilitation for individuals with problems stemming from drugs and violence. The OAS Representative revealed that the contribution that his organization made to PROCCER in Belize was US$33, 000, equivalent to BZ$66, 000. Mr. Greene said that the amount would be a significant boost to the efforts of the Ministry of Health, through its network of partners, working collaboratively, with an eye focused on efficiency, inclusion and good management. He revealed that the OAS Belize Office was mandated to closely monitor the implementation of PROCCER and that he anticipated a close working rapport with all stakeholders, in the execution of the program.
Also speaking at the ceremony was the Director of the National Drug Abuse Control Council, Mr. Esner Vellos, who detailed the various components of PROCCER and provided an overview of how the Council, working with the Ministry of Health and relevant stakeholders would implement the program. He revealed that the training component had already begun, and he also used the ceremony as the platform for introducing those persons who would serve as trainers.
The main objective of PROCCER is to contribute to optimizing the quality of care in prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of drug abuse and dependence, and drug related violence in Belize.
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