Address: 15 D Wainwright St. St. Clair
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Tel: 1 868 622-0019 | 1 868 622-9272
Fax: 1 868 622-5430
Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Welcome to the Organization of American States Trinidad and Tobago Webpage. Our objective is to showcase the programmes and activities of the OAS General Secretariat contributing to national development and hemispheric cooperation. We trust that the site will promote a deeper understanding of the work of the OAS in Trinidad and Tobago. Our Office was established in 1967 and our OAS Representative is Dr. Riyad Insanally.
Our activities and programmes are aimed at strengthening the four pillars of the OAS: Democracy, Human Rights, Multidimensional Security and Integral Development. In this respect, we have supported the hosting of major events by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, such as: the Regional Colloquium on Women Leaders as Agents of Change in June 2011; the 5th Summit of the Americas in April 2009; and Inter-American Meetings of Ministers of Education (2005) and Justice (2002), as well as the 27th Regular Session of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) in 2000.
In June 2011, the Office collaborated with the Institute of International Relations (IIR) of the University of the West Indies (UWI) at St. Augustine, to convene a Seminar, with a number of high-level panellists and Ambassadors of OAS Member States resident in Port of Spain, to mark the 10th Anniversary of the Inter-American Democratic Charter (IADC). The Seminar was a public event directed at Government officials, the diplomatic community, civil society, the media and university and secondary school students, and was webcast live.
The OAS is particularly active in the area of Security and, in July 2011, the Office supported the signing of Agreements with the Government of Trinidad and Tobago and facilitated the provision of technical assistance on a Firearms Marking project and the establishment of a National Observatory on Crime and Violence. The Office has also facilitated various training activities organised in Trinidad and Tobago by CICAD the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (CICTE) and the Department of Public Security (DPS). The Office is also working closely with the Secretariat for Multidimensional Security on preparations for the hosting of the Third Meeting of Ministers of Public Security in the Americas (MISPA III), in Port of Spain, in November 2011.
In addition, the Office facilitates training for Trinidad and Tobago in a number of other areas at OAS Headquarters and in other OAS Member States, as well as scholarships for tertiary education in OAS Member States.
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Monday December 1, 2014
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Washington D.C., Friday May 16, 2014
In many parts of the world, LGBTI people face discrimination, stigmatization and acts of violence. Protecting and promoting the rights of LGBTI people to free expression, association and peaceful assembly is crucial to end their discrimination and address the appalling human rights violations inflicted upon them. These are not only basic rights, but they are also essential in allowing individuals to claim other rights in particular the rights to freedom from discrimination and equality before the law, and they can contribute to fostering public debate in society.
We condemn acts of retaliation, intimidation, or harassment whether public or private based on a person’s manifestation or expression of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
On the occasion of the 2014 IDAHO-T, we remind States of their obligation to protect, promote and fulfill universal rights without discrimination. The existence of societal disapproval of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities does not justify discrimination or violence against LGBTI people.
Therefore, we are deeply concerned at the existence and recent adoption in several countries of laws that ban the dissemination of information about sexual orientation or gender identity issues and arbitrarily restrict the right to freedom of association and peaceful assembly.
We categorically reject arguments that such restrictions to the rights of LGBTI people are necessary to protect public morals, health or the well-being of vulnerable people. Rather, these laws encourage stigmatization, abuse and violence. Prohibiting access to health-related information is harmful to the physical and mental well-being of society at large.
Defenders advocating for the rights of LGBTI individuals face serious challenges while exercising their work including threats, attacks, criminalization of their activities, and defamation campaigns. Moreover, LGBTI peaceful assemblies, rallies and parades are often prohibited and confined to venues out of public sight. In many countries, the safety of the participants to these events is often not adequately protected by law enforcement authorities. In addition, LGBTI advocacy groups are subject to excessive State supervision and face arbitrary and discriminatory raids, fines, extortion and closure.
Despite an increase in the number of States that have repealed laws and abolished policies that discriminate against people on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, 77 countries still criminalize consensual relations between adults of the same sex. Some countries also criminalize certain gender identities and expressions, affecting transgender people. Such laws violate international human rights norms, fuel violence and discrimination against LGBTI people, contribute to a culture of impunity and perpetuate hostile environments. These laws should be repealed.
States must build a climate of tolerance and respect in which all people including LGBTI and those who defend their rights, can express their thoughts and opinions without fear of being attacked, criminalized or stigmatized. States must ensure the participation in public affairs of those who have traditionally suffered from discriminatory practices or policies.
Accordingly, we call on States to renew their efforts to address this critical human rights issue at the UN Human Rights Council and in regional intergovernmental bodies and to comply with their human rights obligation to protect, promote and fulfill the rights of all without discrimination.
OAS Awards Scholarships to train 15 officials in Electronic Government:
Following up on the Awards on Excellence in Electronic Government, issued through the Network of Electronic Government of Latin America and the Caribbean (Red GEALC), to Trinidad and Tobago through ttConnect – iGovTT, in the category of m-Government in November 2012, the Department for Effective Public Management (DEPM) of the OAS has facilitated training for 15 officials in Electronic Government, through a course “Design and Implementation of e-Government Strategies”. The training aims at strengthening capacities of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago in the development and implementation of electronic government strategies for more open, efficient and transparent public administration that is centered on delivering services effectively to citizens.
The RedGealc, led by DEMP/OAS, began in 2003 and brings together the directors of e-government of all the member countries of the OAS. Since 2005, the Network has also counted on the support of the International Development Research Center (IDRC) and since 2007, it presents biennially the Awards on Excellence in Electronic Government (excelGOV Awards). The winners in each of the categories of each edition undertake a technical visit to Canada to participate in a knowledge exchange exercise on the Canadian experience in e-government and also receive e-Gov training scholarships. In the 2012 edition, the winners were Mer-Link of Costa Rica in the category “e-government centered on the citizen” and ttconnect Mobile in the category “m-government.” The courses are implemented and certified through the Virtual Campus of DEPM/OAS. For more information about DEPM/Virtual Campus courses please visit: www.campusvirtualoea.org
Understanding and Improving Walkable Caribbean Urban Heritage: Willemstad, Paramaribo, Bridgetown and East Port of Spain
The Organization of American States (OAS), through the Department of Sustainable Development (DSD) of the Executive Secretariat for Integral Development (SEDI), has recently signed an Agreement with the University of the West Indies (UWI) at St. Augustine, for the implementation of a sub-project under the “Sustainable Communities in Central America and the Caribbean” initiative.
The sub-project is part of a broader project on “Understanding and Improving Walkable Caribbean Urban Heritage: Willemstad, Paramaribo, Bridgetown, St. George’s and East Port-of-Spain”. Of these five Caribbean cities, the first three are already UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the other two are seeking that designation. The methodology involves a comparative analysis of built and cultural heritage and the incorporation of elements of smart urban design that decrease car use and encourage walking and cycling, as well as exploring the potential to generate local economic development and serve as a model for new urban development.
In this regard, the principal outcome is expected to be the development of a conceptual framework for an East Port of Spain Heritage City Initiative. This will be based on an assessment of the possibilities of East Port of Spain for achieving UNESCO Heritage status and an analysis, which will include stakeholder feedback, of the built and cultural heritage of East Port of Spain, as it relates to economic development.
The project is being funded by Government of the United States of America, with counterpart funding from UWI, and is being led in Trinidad and Tobago by Dr. Asad Mohammed, Director of the Caribbean Network for Urban and Land Management (CNULM), at the Faculty of Engineering, UWI, St. Augustine.
An Inter-sectoral Approach to Fostering a Democratic Culture in Schools and Local Communities in Countries of the Caribbean
To develop and sustain a democratic culture in all the participating countries.
Training and Certificaiton Program for Drug Prevention and Treatment
The Program provides training and certification in the areas of therapeutic intervention the treatment, rehabilitation and reinsertion of those who suffering from drug dependency and the violence associated with drug use. Training in the organizational and operational aspects of the program is also provided.
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.
300 Masters and PhD Scholarships on offer from the OAS and the Brazilian Universities Coimbra Group (GCUB)
Deadlines: Aug. 9, 2013 Duration: Master’s 2 yrs – PhD’s 4 yrs
Mode: On‐site Language: Portuguese (language training provided)
Benefits: Full tuition expenses, monthly subsistence, ad-hoc grant for settlement expenses (first 80 selected awardees), and language support. For more information on OAS Scholarship opportunities: www.oas.org/scholarships.
La Organización de los Estados Americanos (OEA) y el Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología de
México (CONACYT), con el apoyo de la Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores de México y bajo el
Programa de Alianzas para la Educación y la Capacitación (PAEC), se complacen en anunciar la 2013 OEA-CONACYT.
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