Address: Office of the General Secretariat of the OAS
2nd Floor, 1216 Blue Marlin Blvd.
P.O. Box 2019
Belize City, Belize, C.A.
Tel: (501) 223-3144 | (501) 223-3181
Fax: (501) 223-3130
Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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.
George Price Center, Belmopan, Tuesday June 30, 2015
ECPA - Sustainable Energy Capacity Building Initiative (SECBI) Launch in Belize
As part of a regional effort to improve energy efficiency in CARICOM member states, the Organization of American States (OAS), through its Department of Sustainable Development (DSD), and in cooperation with its OAS Belize Office, has partnered with the Ministry of Energy, Science & Technology and Public Utilities, in Belize, to launch the ECPA - Sustainable Energy Capacity Building Initiative (SECBI), during the period June 30, to July 2, 2015.
This three (3) day event, held in Belmopan, provided the opportunity for expert consultants (from McGeown Associates and Collaborative Labeling and Appliance Standard Program –CLASP), along with Ms. Carolina Pena, Energy Officer in the Sustainable Energy Section within the OAS/DSD, to consult directly with stakeholders in Belize, qualify conceptual recommendations, elaborate common practices and provide advice on improving equipment standards, in order to enhance energy efficiency efforts by the Government, businesses and households in Belize.
The launching also brought into focus the Energy for Sustainable Development in Caribbean Buildings (ESD) Project that has given rise to a project concept for Belize entitled “Towards the Intensification of Energy Efficiency efforts in Government, Businesses and Households in Belize”. When implemented, it is anticipated that the project will help contribute to Belize’s sustainable development by accelerating an enabling environment for investments in, and utilization of, efficient and renewable energy measures.
Four (4) main outcomes of the project are expected as follows:
(1) Development of legal and institutional frameworks for utilities, energy service companies (ESCOs) and end-users to support energy sector transformation;
(2) Providing sustainable energy investment guidance through financial mechanisms;
(3) Supporting end-users decision making regarding energy-efficient equipment and service provider competency; and
(4) Supporting the adoption of Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) for equipment and Buildings, especially those located in close proximity to the Parliament.
Although some interventions relating to the development of the energy sector in Belize have begun, there are still important gaps that remained. In this connection, the financial and technical support of the Organization of American States (OAS), through its Department of Sustainable Development (DSD), will be pivotal in improving energy efficiency in Belize.
Radisson Fort George Hotel, Belize City, Tuesday June 23, 2015
OAS Belize Office Supports Workshop on Women’s Entrepreneurship
The Office of the OAS General Secretariat in Belize, in recognition of the value and benefits that can accrue to society when meaningful investments are made towards the empowerment of Women, participated in a workshop that was jointly organized by the Office of the Special Envoy for Women and Children in Belize and the Inter-American Development Bank.
The workshop, held in Belize City at the Radisson Fort George Hotel on June 23, 2015, was designed to facilitate discussions among participants who shared a common goal of helping women entrepreneurs develop their businesses against the backdrop of mounting opportunities and challenges presented by the onset of globalization and global business competitiveness.
The event brought together a number of women’s businesses and organizations in Belize and provided a forum for open debate on how best to improve the current business climate as well as to explore what additional incentives were needed for women entrepreneurs that would help grow and develop their business ventures.
During the exchanges, participants also shared multiple ideas on what was needed to create and sustain a thriving class of women entrepreneurs and also offered a set of best practices methods that emanated from existing ventures that were considered a model of success. Ultimately, the issue of financing became the focus of attention as many businesswomen lamented the lack of progress in growing their businesses, a fact that they attributed to the absence of easy access to financing and their inability to qualify under the onerous terms and conditions offered by existing financial institutions.
The OAS Belize Office was represented at the event by its Administrative Technician, Mrs. Lupita Thompson. Mrs. Thompson, who is acquainted with some of the programs that the OAS has sponsored in member countries to empower women in politics and business, said that the workshop was an eye opener for her. She also remarked that it allowed for the sharing of information and created the potential for building business partnerships within the framework of a growing business environment that would help to empower women, and by extension, strengthened families and communities.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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