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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, Friday March 15, 2013
Institute of International Relations, UWI, St Augustine, Friday September 21, 2012
Washington, D.C. - The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) announces the Trinidad and Tobago Forum on the Strengthening of the Inter-American System of Human Rights, which will take place September 21, 2012, at the University of the West Indies St. Augustine, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. This forum is co-organized by the IACHR and the Institute of International Relations, University of the West Indies (UWI).
The Forum will be opened by the Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago, the Hon. Anand Ramlogan, SC; IACHR Commissioner Tracy Robinson; and the Director (Ag) of the Institute of International Relations (IIR) at UWI, Dr. Anthony Gonzales. Commissioners Rose-Marie-Belle Antoine and Dinah Shelton will make presentations on the relevance of the Inter-American system of Human Rights, the strengthening process, and the implications for the Caribbean region. Among the panelists will be: Judge Margarette May Macaulay, of the Inter American Court of Human Rights; Dr Hans Geiser, of the IIR; Mr. Colin Robinson, from the Coalition Advocating for the Inclusion of Sexual Orientation (CAISO), Dr. Arif Bulkan, of the Faculty of Law at UWI and Mr. Douglas Mendes, SC, attorney-at-law. The moderators will include Sir Dennis Byron, President of the Caribbean Court of Justice and Dr. Michelle Scobie of IIR.
The Forum of Trinidad and Tobago is one of a series of sub-regional events on the strengthening of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, which are taking place place between August and September. These events are part of a profound study that the IACHR diligently conducts with the purpose of reviewing and improving its norms, policies and practices for a better protection of human rights of all persons in the region.
The Forum will start at 9:00 a.m. (local time in Trinidad and Tobago) at the Institute of International Relations, University of the West Indies St. Augustine. It will be Webcast.
A principal, autonomous body of the Organization of American States (OAS), the IACHR derives its mandate from the OAS Charter and the American Convention on Human Rights. The Inter-American Commission has a mandate to promote respect for human rights in the region and acts as a consultative body to the OAS in this matter. The Commission is composed of seven independent members who are elected in a personal capacity by the OAS General Assembly and who do not represent their countries of origin or residence.
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 â€śSustainable Communities in Central America and the Caribbeanâ€ť initiative.
The sub-project is part of a broader project on â€śUnderstanding and Improving Walkable Caribbean Urban Heritage: Willemstad, Paramaribo, Bridgetown, St. Georgeâ€™s and East Port-of-Spainâ€ť. 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 Masterâ€™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.Â 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