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Sep 7, 2018

UN Joint National Steering Committee Discusses Citizen Security

Wilfred ‘Sedi’ Elrington

The third meeting of the United Nations Joint National Steering Committee was held today in Belize City and it was co-chaired by Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington and UN Resident Coordinator Christian Salazar Volkmann.  Among the topics discussed is a multifaceted approach to citizen security. Presenting a national security and defense strategy was C.E.O. George Lovell.  The meeting, says Foreign Minister Elrington, is a coming together of all UN partner agencies to provide a status report.

 

Wilfred ‘Sedi’ Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs

“This meeting was designed really for the UN agencies to give a report on the activities that they have been engaged in, in collaboration with their counterpart institutions in Belize and that is basically what we heard today.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“What are some of those agencies and of course some of the activities that they have been engaged in locally?”

 

Wilfred ‘Sedi’ Elrington

“For example, you would have PAHO, Pan American Health Organization.  We had Dr. Longsworth who represented PAHO.  We have UNHCR, United Nations High Commission for Refugees, you had Dr. Kasede, who is responsible for UNICEF and basically they were reporting on the activities that they have been doing.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“I gather that citizen security is one of the issues that is foremost on the agenda for this particular meeting.  Can you speak to us on that aspect?”

 

Wilfred ‘Sedi’ Elrington

“We heard from Ms. Mary Vasquez from Restore Belize and she really talked, essentially about the fact that they are in the process of preparing a plan to deal with security problems in the country.  She went on to explain that it is a multi-dimensional issue, something that is very complex, very difficult to deal with and of course it requires the involvement of all the sectors in society, the economic, social, political.  Everybody needs to come together to contribute or try to see how we could deal with this problem.  It’s a very difficult one that is made more difficult by the fact that we have a perennial problem with resources.”

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