To commemorate the International Youth Day I have invited Paúl Manchú, ACJ-YMCA General Secretary, to share with us the wonderful experience we had last March with 300 young people from different schools in Retalhuleu. ACJ-YMCA is an NGO founded in 1964, since then has worked with children and teenagers to help them to achieve their goals through recreational and sports activities. The Street Football Festival Goles por la Vida took … British Chamusca….
When Hugo Swire, the Minister for Latin America, was here recently he talked with a lot of people about children’s rights (read more about this here). It is such a global issue we can all share our experiences and expertise in order to make improvements to the ways we support children. That is why the Girl Summit in the UK on 22 July is such an important event. The summit … Girl Summit
Rt Hon Hugo Swire MP visited Guatemala and has written this blog about his experiences during the visit: This is my first trip as Minister for Latin America to Guatemala, and I am very pleased to have had the opportunity to experience at first hand this important and beautiful country – the largest economy in Central America. My visit is also evidence of Britain’s commitment to developing a closer relationship … In the Land of Eternal Spring
The use of sexual violence in war is one of the great injustices of our lifetime. It is hard to document, let alone investigate. Perpetrators do not discriminate, because it’s not about sex, but violence, terror, power and control. When rape is committed during conflict, it has often been seen as an inevitable part of war, and so it has been allowed to go unpunished. But even war has rules. … Say no to Sexual Violence
Don’t worry we haven’t changed calendars, to join up with those parts of the world that have a Spring new year. Instead because the UK’s financial year runs from April to March, it feels very much like the start of a new year in the Embassy. So we are busily checking our plans for the year ahead and wanted to share some of that thinking. We work in pillars: Prosperity; … Happy new Year! – in April?
The public events are the most obvious ones to start with and we kicked off in February with a Battle of the Bands to show that British Music is GREAT and so is Guatemalan musical talent. Singing along to British songs from bands as different as Coldplay, Led Zepplin and the Beatles is always a good experience. Congratulations to all the bands who participated and will be hired by the … British Week Guatemala 2014 – which bit did you like best?
The 8 of March is an important day for me. It is the 103rd International Women’s Day. I am sure lots of people would shrug and question why we need a day for women. For me the answer is obvious. We have come a long way since this day was established in 1911 but there is still a way to go before women and men are treated as equals. I … Women’s International Day
Today is International Mother Tounge Day. In the region where I work, though Spanish language dominates, there are more than 20 different languages and probably many more dialects. Recently I visited in Honduras the Asociacion Libre Expresion, they have worked with 6 different ethnic groups in Honduras on cultural identity topics. One of their most recent projects, Telares Lencas, involved the development of leadership skills in young Lencas of Intibucà. … Celebrating Cultural identity in Honduras
Next week in Costa Rica the British Embassies in the Central America region are joining together to host a conference on tackling contraband. Experts and authorities from all over the region (Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Panama, Belize, Nicaragua and of course, Costa Rica) will meet to discuss this fundamentally cross-border issue. In the conversations I have had about this in Guatemala and Honduras it seems to me that stemming the … Putting an end to contraband
This week I represented the UK at the Presidential inauguration in Honduras. From a personal perspective – or let’s say from one diplomat to another – I marvelled at how the Ministry of Foreign Affairs managed to handle delegations from over 90 countries and make sure that we were all in the right place at the right time. I also counted our blessings that the UK’s change of Head of … Honduras – Running the show