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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, Thursday May 19, 2016
OAS Belize News Item
OAS Belize Office Involved in the Planning of OAS Secretary General’s Official Visit to Belize
The OAS Belize Office was engaged in both coordinating and organizing the recently concluded Official Visit to Belize, by the OAS Secretary General, Luis Leonardo Almagro Lemes, from April 19 to 21, 2016.
Due to extenuating circumstances, his first meeting with the Chief Justice of Belize and other officials, scheduled for April 19, 2016, at the OAS Belize Office, had to be cancelled.
Instead, the Secretary General was driven to Belmopan to hold his first meeting with Prime Minister, the Right Honorable Dean Barrow. At the Prime Minister’s Office, the conversation focused almost entirely on the Belize/Guatemala Dispute. The SG stressed the need for both countries to take expeditious steps to bring the dispute to the International Court of Justice. PM Barrow expressed his personal commitment and that of his government to move with dispatch.
The SG then met with Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The conversation focused on the Belize/Guatemalan Dispute. The SG used the occasion to reiterate his position that speedy action was required to get the dispute to the ICJ, and the Foreign Minister also availed himself to do all that was possible in that regard.
Between 7-9 pm, the Government of Belize hosted a reception, at the San Ignacio Hotel, in honor of SG Almagro. The event marked the end of his first day in Belize.
On April 20, 2016, a planned “Fly over”, via helicopter of the Adjacency Zone area, was cancelled, due to unfavorable weather. Instead, the SG visited the OAS Adjacency Zone Office and met with the Peace Fund Donor Countries Representatives. He also met with Belize’s Governor General, His Excellency Sir Colvin Young. A Presentation of OAS/AZ Culture of Peace Program followed. It featured young people from both Belize and Guatemala, performing a variety of songs and dances.
After lunch, the SG was given a guided tour of the Xunantunich Ruins. He then returned to the OAS Adjacency Zone Office and listened to a presentation of the work of the Office. This brought his second day in Belize to a close.
On his final day, the SG met with the Honorable John Briceno, Leader of the Opposition and of the Peoples United Party (PUP), in Belize City. SG Almagro emphasized the need for both Belize and Guatemala to take their Dispute to the ICJ. Mr. Briceno expressed support for the position of the SG and also indicated that he was willing to work with the Government to try and resolve Belize’s dispute with Guatemala.
The Secretary General’s Official Visit to Belize ended when he departed the country during the afternoon of April 21, 2016.
Radisson Fort George Hotel, Belize City, Wednesday April 27, 2016
April 27, 2016
OAS Belize Office News Item
OAS Belize Office Features in PROCCER Certification Ceremony
The OAS Belize Office and Belize’s National Drug Abuse Control Council (NDACC) joined forces in organizing the Drug and Violence Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Certification Ceremony, that resulted from the OAS sponsored Training and Certification of Drug and Violence Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Program (PROCCER). The ceremony was held on April 27, 2016, at the Radisson Fort George Hotel, in Belize City, Belize.
A total of forty-seven (47) Belizeans, twenty-one from the Treatment category and twenty-six (26) from the Prevention category were declared certified practitioners across a wide range of disciplines to include social work and counseling as well as drug and violence prevention, treatment and rehabilitation. About seventy-five (75) Belizeans participated in the program that was locally administered by NDACC, and supervised by officials from the University of the West Indies, at its Mona Campus in Jamaica.
Speaking at the Ceremony, OAS Representative in Belize, Starret D Greene congratulated the participants on behalf of the OAS Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD), and praised the partnership that both CICAD and NDACC had developed in their collective quest to strengthen capacity in specific areas of need in Belize. Mr. Greene said that as a result of PROCCER, Belize’s human resource capacity had expanded. He remarked that a cadre of social workers, community police officers, counselors and community workers were among those who now formed part of a growing pool of qualified professionals, and that they were ready and prepared to help those who had fallen by the wayside, and needed to be returned to the main stream of society.
Also addressing the Ceremony was the Honorable Pablo Marin, the Minister of Health, who expressed his Government’s appreciation for the financial support of the OAS in assisting NDACC to implement PROCCER. For his part, the Director of NDACC, Mr. Esner Vellos, also thanked OAS/CICAD for partnering with his agency and for creating opportunities for Belizeans to emerge as qualified technicians to deal with a range of social challenges, such as violence, HIV/AIDS, that in some cases were linked to the abuse of drugs, lack of education and poverty.
PROCCER was launched in the Caribbean in May 2011 and it involves the participation of experts in drug prevention and treatment, OAS Caribbean Member State national drug councils, academia (university of the West Indies, Mona Campus and St. George’s University-SGU), regional technical bodies and regional political bodies as well.
PROCCER has emerged as a key element in the implementation of Drug Treatment Courts (DTC) programs, having regard to its Treatment and Prevention components.
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