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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, Monday March 20, 2017
News Item Produced by the OAS Belize Office
Representatives of OAS and UNICEF Pledged to Pursue Areas of Common Interest.
Representatives of the Organization of American States (OAS) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), resident in Belize, pledged, on Monday, March 20, 2017, to work together to explore areas of common interest.
In talks held at the OAS Belize Office, in Belize City, Belize, Starret Greene of the OAS and Dr. Susan Kasedde of UNICEF agreed to capitalize on the known achievements, particularly in the area of human development, of their respective organizations, on behalf of the citizens in the Hemisphere. They concurred on the need to continue focusing on addressing the challenges of underdevelopment, and to also take full advantage of the opportunities for improving the wellbeing of all peoples, especially those who are most vulnerable and whose rights needed to be protected and promoted.
Specifically, Representative Greene and Representative Kasedde said that they were committed to finishing the work that OAS and UNICEF started in 2015 with the Government of Belize, on birth registration. They also indicated their willingness to work in concert in order to raise public awareness, advocate and strengthen institutional capacity for child and youth-sensitive law enforcement and justice, and promote inclusive processes to support sustainable development and social transformation, having regard to the United Nations 2030 Agenda, the 17 new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 169 targets.
The Organization of American States and the United Nations Children’s Fund have had a long and established partnership that is built on collaboration and cooperation and the leveraging of their resources, to achieve optimum outcomes in the implementation of the programmes, projects, activities and initiatives carried out in the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.
Belize City, Thursday March 16, 2017
Secretary General of the OAS, His Excellency, Luis Almagro, visited Belize on March 16 and 17, 2017, and held talks with top Government Officials, as well as members of the Opposition.
The SG’s visit to Belize came after official meetings in Guatemala on March 15, 2017, that focused on moving forward with the holding of referenda in both countries, in conformity with the 2008 Special Agreement. Since assuming the post of Secretary General in March 2015, Almagro has urged both the Governments of Guatemala and Belize to take the requisite internal steps for holding the referenda as a means to determine whether the dispute should be settled by the International Court of Justice (ICJ)
In Belize, the OAS Diplomat first meeting was with Prime Minister Dean Oliver Barrow in Belize City, at which Foreign Minister Elrington was also present. He used the occasion to again press for movement towards the referendum. In this meeting, the Secretary General learned that Belize would work towards holding its referendum sometime in 2018. However, the Government was planning to conduct both Re-Registration and Redistricting exercises in 2018 as well. Also, municipal elections were due in the first quarter of the said year. The above narrative suggests that no referendum on going to the ICJ would take place until after Re-Registration, in the case of Belize. There have been talks in some quarters that Guatemala was aiming to hold its referendum in September of 2017.
In a Press Statement read in the presence of the Belize Media, Secretary General Almagro gave an overview of his visit, noting that the OAS and the parties would continue to work diligently towards finding a peaceful, permanent solution to the territorial dispute. He said that his talks were also centered on implementing mechanisms of consultations to avoid or to better manage incidents. He called on both countries to work together on implementing the agreements that were signed in 2014, and designed to strengthen their bilateral cooperation, and to bring about better conditions for education, cultural affairs, environment and security. Almagro also mentioned the need to ensure justice in relation to existing investigations and to find those responsible for past incidents that have occurred in the Adjacency Zone and elsewhere. The SG said, we all have to believe, and we believe especially, that the solutions should be according to law and according to rights. “We cannot pretend to solve conflicts by ignoring the rights of others or rolling over the rights of others”. Almagro concluded.
The Secretary General departed Belize on March 17, 2017.
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