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Activities & Events
MACCIH presentation by the Secretary for Strengthening Democracy on February 22nd, 2016
The Mission to support the fight against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (MACCIH by its acronym in Spanish) is a hemispheric approach of the OAS that includes transparency, accountability and punishment to offenders, in order to promote essential values of the democratic system.
March 31st, 2016 - Launch of the Practical Guide: Early Warning and Response Systems Design for Social Conflicts icon
Early Warning and Response Systems (EWRS) are an important tool within the spectrum of actions for conflict prevention, management and resolution.
Conflict Analysis Training ´┐Ż EU/OAS
Within the framework of the Global Crisis Response Support Programme, one training on conflict analysis took place between 2-6 May at the facilities of the OAS. During the event, participants gained practical tools for conflict analysis, taking into account the different scenarios or dynamics that can arise during the process.
MACCIH presentation to members of the Civil Society
On May 2, 2016 at the premises of the OAS in Washington D.C., a meeting with members of Civil Society was held by the Secretary for Strengthening Democracy, Francisco Guerrero; the Director of the Department of Democratic Sustainability and Special Missions, Steven Griner; and the special representative and spokesman MACCIH, Juan Jimenez. During the meeting, the objectives of the mission, its priorities, and the current context of Honduras were discussed.
The OAS continues to support the Peace Process in Colombia
The Secretary General and President Santos agreed on the need to broaden and strengthen the work of the OAS in the peace process. Santos highlighted the work that the MAPP / OAS does in the field, as an important input to take decisions.
The MACCIH was installed in Honduras on April 19th, 2016
The Special Representative of Secretary General and Spokesperson of the Mission, Juan Jimenez, presented a timeline of the 10 points on which the Mission will focus in the coming months.
Nari´┐Żo strengthens capabilities against risk of demobilized in post-conflict scenarios
Local ombudsmen, departmental officials and members of the security forces participated in a forum where they learned how to prevent this population's rights from being violated.
Monitoring of detention conditions of members of FARC-EP
In the first quarter of this year the MAPP / OAS visited jails and offered solutions, such as health brigades and forensic assessment of ´┐Żpolitical prisoners' with serious health conditions. The Mission also participates in the National Monitoring Committee
March 31st - Launch of the Practical Guide: Early Warning and Response Systems Design for Social Conflicts
This Guide is the result of a collaborative work between the SG/OAS and UNDP. It aims to developing an early warning and response system to prevent the escalation of violence that could jeopardize the integrity of individuals and democratic governance.
Integrating a Gender Perspective in Early Warning Systems ´┐Ż EU/OAS
As part of the Global Crisis Response Support Programme, between March 28th and April 1st, training on the inclusion of a gender perspective in Early Warning Systems was held in the OAS.
Secretary General welcomed the start of dialogue between the Colombian government and the ELN
Almagro called it "a specific and hopeful step towards a peace, longed for decades, by the Colombian people, our continent and the world". The Secretary reiterated the support of the OAS to build peace in Colombia.
The Government of Belize pays Tribute to Ambassador Raul Lago
On March 23, 2016, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belize, Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington paid tribute to the outgoing OAS Secretary General's Representative for Belize-Guatemala Affairs and highlighted his distinguished career as a diplomat and mediator of the dispute. He further stressed Ambassador Lago's invaluable contributions to the process and thanked him on behalf of the government and people of Belize for having served with distinction, objectivity and the utmost professionalism and efficiency.


Meeting of the Group of Friends of Belize and Guatemala
On March 15, 2016, OAS Headquarters, Washington, D.C.The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Belize and Guatemala, together with the Chief of the OAS Peace Fund, addressed the members of the Group of Friends of Belize and Guatemala, as well as other representatives of the international community and made an impassioned plea to the pool of donors to help maintain the OAS Office in the Adjacency Zone. The Parties spoke about the crucial role that the OAS Office in the Adjacency Zone plays to maintain peace on the ground, ease tensions and thus facilitate the ongoing political dialogue.


Meeting of Foreign Ministers of Belize and Guatemala with OAS Secretary General
On March 15, 2016, at the OAS Headquarters, the Foreign Ministers of Belize and Guatemala met with OAS Secretary General to reaffirm their commitment to submit Guatemala´┐Żs territorial, insular and maritime claim to the International Court of Justice for final settlement. The ministers also addressed the need to avoid incidents and tensions between the two countries, as well as to continue to strengthen the bilateral relationship.
Donor countries and friends pay attention to the work of the MAPP / OAS in the post-conflict
During his visit to Washington DC, Roberto Menendez, head of the MAPP / OAS, shared the activities that the Mission is undertaking regarding a post conflict scenario. The same communication strategy is being followed with the international community in Colombia.
MAPP / OEA helps prevent risks for demobilized people in Colombia
Having in mind that the safety of the demobilized is one of the main challenges for the post-conflict, the MAPP / OAS organized a series of regional forums to strengthen the capacities of local authorities in this regard.
Technical Meetings of the Belize-Guatemala Joint Commission
On February 25, 2016, more than eighty delegates from Belize and Guatemala gathered at the OAS Office in the AZ to examine three of the thirteen bilateral agreements adopted in Placencia, Belize in 2014. Specifically, the working groups examined the ´┐ŻAgreement on the Harmonization of Operating Hours at Legal Entry Points;´┐Ż ´┐Żthe Agreement for Sustainable Tourism´┐Ż and the ´┐ŻAgreement for the Protection of the Environment.´┐Ż
Early Warning Training- EU/OAS
Within the framework of the Global Crisis Response Support Programme, it was held from 22nd to 26th of February, an early warning training. During this time the participants learnt relevant skills to work in situation and crisis room.
MAPP / OAS participates in the National Monitoring Committee on Organized Crime
The committee seeks to focus its efforts on fighting organized crime and on peacebuilding. It is led by the President, and involves ministers, senior military and police officers, prosecutors and the MAPP / OAS in the only international organization involved.
Risk Analysis and Risk Management training- EU/OAS
In the framework of the Global Crisis Response Support Programme, a risk analysis training took place from January 25th to 29th at the premises of the OAS. During the event, the participants acquired the necessary tools to identify, assess and control the potential risks that may arise in the implementation of diverse policies.
The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Belize and Guatemala meet at the OAS/AZ Office
On January 22, 2016, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Belize and Guatemala along with the Special Representative of the OAS SG met at the Office of the OAS in the Adjacency Zone (AZ) on Friday, January 22, 2016 to discuss the status of the bilateral agenda and reactivate the Belize ´┐Ż Guatemala Joint Commission as established under the Framework Agreement on Confidence Building Measures of 2005.

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