Minister of Foreign Affairs and Attorney General of Belize, Wilfred Elrington, headed Belize’s delegation to the 44th Regular Session of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States held in Asuncion, Paraguay on June 3rd thru the 5th under the theme “Development with Social Inclusion”.
In the Declaration of Asuncion made at the end of the Assembly, hemispheric leaders undertook, “To commit their efforts to eradicating hunger and poverty, in particular extreme poverty, combating inequity, inequality, discrimination, and social exclusion, and increasing equitable access to health services, as well as to quality and inclusive education; priority objectives which should inform actions of the inter-American system.”
Minister Elrington spoke of Belize’s efforts towards social inclusion and highlighted government’s pro-poor policies such as the conditional cash transfers, the food pantry, and a program to provide monetary support to elder citizens over the age of sixty-five.”
The General Assembly also adopted a resolution calling on the international community to renew support for the OAS Fund for Peace established in 2000. Such fund is the principal channel for assisting Belize and Guatemala to implement confidence building measures and to maintain the OAS Office in the Adjacency Zone.