Address: OAS Building, Vigie, Lighthouse Rd.
Castries, Saint Lucia, W.I.
Tel: (758) 452-4330 | (758) 452-1396
Fax: (758) 452-4792
Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday to Thursday/8:30 am - 4:00 pm Fridays
Saint Lucia joined the OAS on May 22, 1979 and the Office was then established in 1980. The names of Directors/Representatives: Sr. Johanness DeVeer, Venezuelan (1980-1986) Mr. Todd Carlysle Payne, Grenadian (1988-1996) Mr. Alphonsus Antoine, Grenadian (1997-2005) Mr. Paul O. Spencer, Antigua & Barbuda (2006-2008) Ms. Anne-Marie Blackman, Barbadian (2008-2013)
Welcome to the Organization of American States Saint Lucia Webpage. 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 Saint Lucia. Our office was established in 1980. Our OAS Representative at the OAS National Office in Saint Lucia is Ambassador Luis Alberto Rodriguez.
Our most outstanding activities and programs are related to Integral Development, which is among the four main pillars of the Organization's work. In 2011 the work of our office has focussed on youth development and empowerment, aided by FEMCIDI funded projects such as the Community After-School Programme, the Marchand Youth Orchestra and Skills Training for Marginalized Youth, among other youth oriented activities.
The St. Lucia by Rex Resorts, Saint Lucia, Tuesday November 12, 2013
The meeting focussed primarily on the results and analysis of recent research projects undertaken in the Caribbean, country reports on significant events and emerging trends of the drug phenomena and also examined results of best practice programmes. This was done with the aim of developing an adaptive policy framework which each participating country may use to make recommendations at the country level. The meeting was also intended to be the training ground to build capacity in the use of data in the formulation of policies in respect of drug demand and supply reduction, control measures, treatment and international co-operation.
Delegates at the meeting were drawn from fourteen (14) countries of the Caribbean region, including representatives of research units from agencies such as the University of the West Indies, St. George’s University and the Caribbean Drug and Alcohol Research Institute (CDARI) based in Saint Lucia to participate in this two-day meeting.
The meeting took place at the St. Lucia by Rex Resorts, Rodney Bay in Gros Islet, Saint Lucia.
Bay Gardens Hotel, Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia, Thursday February 28, 2013
The workshop addressed the capacity of governments and energy stakeholders in charge of developing energy efficiency standards in buildings and provided guidance on opportunities and challenges linked to energy efficiency measures and renewable energy conversion technologies. A roundtable was held to debate future challenges, gaps and barriers linked to the implementation of energy efficiency standards, ways to advance discussions on this topic with policymakers, and next steps for their successful deployment. The Delegates also highlighted the need to create greater public awareness in the Caribbean with regard to energy efficiency.
About 40 guests from the National Standards Bodies and Energy Desks of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, delegates from the European Union, the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ), the Embassy of Mexico in Saint Lucia, the Caribbean Development Bank, the Organization of the Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Secretariat, the Government of Germany, through its Caribbean Renewable Energy Development Programme (CREDP/GIZ), and engineers and members of the Saint Lucia Institute of Architects attended the event.
Participants provided feedback on the prospective guidelines on energy efficiency designs for office buildings, which were developed by the Spanish consulting firm Trama TecnoAmbiental (TTA) at the request of the OAS Department of Sustainable Development. The delegates indicated their interest in reviewing the proposed guidelines in order to ensure they respond to Caribbean needs and challenges.
Paulo Cesar Galván Tobón, from the Commission for the Efficient Use of Energy (CONUEE) of Mexico, announced his Government’s willingness to support the efforts of the Caribbean nations in the advancement of energy efficiency policies and regulations. “The Government of Mexico is committed to supporting the governments of the Caribbean countries in improving energy efficiency”, said Galván Tobón addressing the Caribbean delegates present at the meeting.
The Department of Sustainable, with the support provided by the Government of Mexico through CONUEE, will use the feedback it received at the workshop to design future activities of the ECPA Energy Efficiency Working Group in the Caribbean. Said activities will contemplate public awareness in energy efficiency, implementation of the ISO 50001 standard on energy management systems, and energy efficiency in the transport sector among other topics
Community After-School Programme
The project was developed against the backdrop of discussions on the role of youth in national development. Saint Lucia has a significant youth population, yet lacked initiatives to promote its meaningful development, particularly in poorer communities. Children and youth face many challenges such as high unemployment and poverty; they may engage in many high risk behaviours (early and unsafe sex, substance abuse, gang violence). Increasing numbers of youth come into conflict with the law.
The Ministry of Social Transformation, Youth and Sports, in developing programming to engage young people productively, conceptualized the Community After-School Programme. The Ministry considered that the Programme could provide the requisite supervised environment for engaging youth, via media such as sports/physical activities, academic work, life skills, ICT training, and other personal enrichment activities/soft skills training). The activities provide safe havens for learning, recreation and positive relations with adults and peers.
Specific programme objectives are:
• To promote behavioural and attitudinal change in children and youth
• To contribute to decreasing criminal or high risk behaviours by youth
• To improve quality of life of participants and of communities
The Programme was piloted in the communities of Mon Repos, La Maze (both rural) and Faux-a-Chaud (urban) serving 120 participants. By popular demand the Propgrmme has been extended to seven additional communities (Monchy in Gros Islet; Wilton’s Yard, Bois Patate, Sir Ira Simmons Secondary School in partnership with the NGO Rise St Lucia Inc. (all in the capital Castries); Dennery Village in Dennery; Ciceron in collaboration with the Ciceron Development Committee. The ten centers benefit a total of 560 participants.
To ensure sustainability, the programme is being institutionalized by the Ministry of Social Transformation. Additionally, community resources (volunteers, financial & material resources) are continually mobilized to support the programme
Development of Regulations and Legislation for Select Services Sectors in Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada and Saint Lucia
Goal: To have in place Legislation and Regulations for select service sectors.
Purpose: To attract investment in the services sector and facilitate strategic market liberalization.
Activities contemplated n this three (3) year project include the assessment of the status of select services sectors in participating countries, and draft regulations and legislation. .
Anticipated benefits to Saint Lucia’s participation include establishment of a domestic regulatory framework that will allow for the orderly participation of both local and foreign firms in the services sectors to be liberalized. There will be greater transparency in the services sectors as micro and small-scale enterprises will function within a legislated environment with clear rules and regulations. This is expected to augur well for business development and economic growth
Partnership in Opportunities for Employment through Technology in the Americas (POETA)
POETA is a hemispheric initiative in Latin America and the Caribbean that provides marginalized populations with job-ready information and communication technologies (TCT) skills to facilitate their social and economic inclusion.
POETA centers are established through partnership with local organizations that provide skills training and social services to beheficiary communities, such as the National Development Skills Centre (NSDC)in Saint Lucia.
This model allows for maximum reach to potential beneficiaries, program sustainability and local impact. POETA Youth training is holistic in nature, designed to provide participants with the job ready skills, civic education and technological tools necessary for meaningful self development and social inclusion.
Capacity Building and Creation of an Enabling Environment for the Delivery of National Environmental Education and Public Awareness Programmes in Saint Lucia
The purpose of the project is to strengthen institutional capacity to deliver more effective programmes in environmental education and awareness (EE&A). The aim is to support sustainable development in Saint Lucia through strengthening human resource and institutional capacity, by training and technical assistance. Major results of the project are expected to be:
1. Enhanced National Environmental and Awareness, based on documents such as the National Environmental Education Strategy (currently in draft);
2. A more coordinated and focussed approach by national agencies to promoting environmental sustainability, in particular through strategic and action plans;
3. A plan for sustainable financing of the National Environmental Education Programme.
The project is executed in 2011. It was designed to ensure sustainability beyond project implementation, through various strategies, in particular mainstreaming of EE&A into the work programmes of relevant national agencies, and development of human resource capacity.
Skills Training for Marginalized Youth
This project is implemented by the Centre for Adolescent Renewal and Education (C.A.R.E.) of Saint Lucia. Since 1993, C.A.R.E. has been instrumental in providing a second chance for unskilled adolescents to obtain training to facilitate their employment. Most of these adolescents have been unsuccessful in academic life, due to negative experiences or difficulty in adapting to environments that primarily focus on academic achievement.
This OAS project, made possible thorough a grant of the Special Multilateral Fund for Integral Development (FEMCIDI), supports efforts to improve C.A.R.E’s Skills Programme by making it possible to obtain much needed tools and equipment to be used in the training environment. The project will also facilitate C.A.R.E.’s move towards becoming an accredited institution at TVET (Technical and Vocational ) Level 1. Following the recent entry into force of the OECS Economic Union Treaty, the move towards this type of accreditation is of paramount importance as it will place trainees in a more favorable position to obtain regional employment.
Through the project, C.A.R.E., trainees have access to a holistic training programme that supports their development as young adolescents (13 – 19 years). The students first participate in the Adolescent Development Programme (A.D.P.), subsequently they may participate in a Skills Programme of their choice
The project is supported by the Ministry of Finance, Economic Affairs and National Development. In implementing the project, C.A.R.E. is also working closely with the TVET Accreditation Unit of the Ministry of Education. The partnership formed by government ministries, the General Secretariat of the OAS and C.A.R.E. aims to improve coordination of efforts in skills development for young people, as well as to enhance the quality of training programmes offered to young adolescents, facilitating their access to gainful employment in a competitive world.
The project is implemented in 2011.
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.
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.
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 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