May 5, 2016
The Organization of American States (OAS) will hold this Friday, May 6 the Forum “Migration and Development in the Americas: towards the implementation of the 2030 Agenda” with the participation of foreign ministers, experts and senior officials working on the issue in the hemisphere.
The inaugural session will feature the participation of the Vice President and Foreign Minister of Panama, Isabel De Saint Malo de Alvarado; the OAS Secretary General, Luis Almagro; the Executive Director of the Young American Business Trust (YABT), Valerie Lorena and the President of the Committee on Migration Issues (CAM), Daniel Cámara.
WHAT: Forum “Migration and Development in the Americas: towards the implementation of the 2030 Agenda”
WHEN: May 6, 2016, 10:00 am EDT (14.00 GMT)
WHERE: Hall of the Americas
Organization of American States
17th Street & Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20006
|10.00 a.m.||Opening remarks|
|10.45 a.m.||Panel 1 – “Alliance for Prosperity in the Northern Triangle”|
Moderator: Jason Marczak, Director, Latin America Economic Growth Initiative, Atlantic Council
|11.45 a.m.||Panel 2 – “Challenges in the implementation of the 2030 Migration Agenda – contribution of migration to development”|
Moderator: Manuel Orozco, Senior Fellow and Director for Migration, Remittances and Development, Inter-American Dialogue
Now, my question is, Where are the Belizean delegates to this forum? We are after all getting a good number of Migrants / Refugees
1,500 refugees and counting working to settle in Belize
By Aaron Humes
Reports say there is a refugee asylum registration process on going in Belize, administered by the foreign organization Help for Progress.
According to unconfirmed reports in local media, some 1,500 persons have registered since January. On Friday and for several weeks now, there have been long lines at the local office in Belmopan.
However, the organization’s local members have directed requests for comment to the head office in Washington, D.C. Nonetheless, they insist that all they are doing is legal and with the permission of the Government of Belize.
Most of the refugees signed up are from other countries in Central America – there are no indications of how many may be from Guatemala – and they say they are fleeing their countries due to threats from gangs.
Most are settling in known communities of immigrants including Valley of Peace and Armenia in Cayo and Bella Vista on the Stann Creek and Toledo border.