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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, Tuesday June 16, 2015
The tripartite effort, mentioned above, involved, among other things, a comprehensive assessment of Birth Registration in Belize. As designed, the assessment will (1) map the existing Registration system; (2) identify the current players and stakeholders; (3) point to the existing gaps in service delivery; (4) collate the various shortcomings and bottlenecks that contribute to inefficiencies; and (5) outlining a set of recommendations, to include the revision and amendment of legislation, for modernizing and making more efficient the Birth Registration system in Belize.
In this regard, Belize Vital Statistic Unit has secured the consultancy services of Mrs. Patricia Holness, a Jamaican National to conduct the assessment. It is anticipated that she will complete her work by the end of summer 2015.
For its part, the Organization of American States (OAS), through its Department for Effective Public Management, and under its Universal Civil Identity Program in the Americas, led a previous initiative that resulted in the digitalization of 80 percent of the Registration Records of Belize. This project was specifically constructed by the OAS to build on previous work the organization had done with UNICEF and the IDB, in 2006, to fully modernize Belize’s Civil Registry.
OAS Representative, Starret Greene, who also helped in coordinating the organization’s Civil Registry and identity project, to modernize the Civil Registry in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, during the period 2013-2014, said that he was delighted to be working directly with officials representing both UNICEF and Belize’s Vital Statistic Unit, in their collective goal to achieve 100% registration of all births in Belize. Mr. Greene praised the efforts of his colleagues and applauded them for exhibiting a true spirit of cooperation, to bring about needed change in an area that was crucial to achieve development with equity and sustainability.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Guatemala City, Monday May 25, 2015
OAS Representative in Belize at Signing Ceremony between Belize and Guatemala
On May 25, 2015, the Governments of Belize and Guatemala, through the High Offices of their respective Foreign Ministers, the Honorable Wilfred Elrington and the Honorable Carlos Raul Morales, and in the presence of OAS Secretary General, H.E. Jose Miguel Insulza, signed a Protocol to Amend their Special Agreement of 2008. It should be recalled that the Special Agreement required, among other things, both countries to submit Guatemala’s Territorial, Insular and Maritime Claim to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), and to hold as well simultaneous referendum on their decision. However, the Protocol to amend their Special Agreement, now allows for the referendum to be either held simultaneously in both countries or to be held separately.
Consistent with current understanding, Guatemala is scheduled to hold its referendum vote in November 2015, and, according to Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington, Belize would hold its referendum shortly thereafter.
The signing ceremony, held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in Guatemala City, attracted a number of dignitaries, from both Countries. A strong contingent of media houses, including one (Channel 5) from Belize gave ample coverage to the event. Given that the signing took place on Guatemalan soil, the gathering was dominated by Guatemalan citizens, with a smaller but impressive group of Diplomats from Belize’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs was in attendance. In addition, Secretary General Insulza led a fairly sizeable OAS Team, comprising of his Advisor, Ms. Anna Matilde Perez Katz, Special Representative of the Secretary General in the Office of the OAS Adjacency Zone, Ambassador Raul Lago, OAS Representative in Guatemala, Ms. Milagro Martinez, OAS Representative in Belize, Mr. Starret Greene, Chief of the OAS Peace Fund, Ms. Magdalena Talamas, Director of the OAS Adjacency Zone Office, Mr. Sergio Benitez and Dacia Argon, Administrative Technician in the OAS Office in Guatemala City.
The first order of the Ceremony was the actual signing of the Amendment by both the Foreign Ministers and the OAS Secretary General, who literally presided at his final act, as the OAS Secretary General, after having served two terms (2005-2015). The event also featured remarks by all three officials, to include the two Foreign Ministers and the Secretary General. A Press Conference marked the final act of the signing ceremony.
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