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
I want to welcome our new Deputy Head of Mission, Mr Andrew Tate and his wonderful family to Guatemala! And to do so, I have invited him to write a blog on his first impressions, over to you Andy: On 3 January I arrived at La Aurora with my family to take up my new job as Deputy Head of Mission. Guatemala is my second posting to a Latin American … Just arriving Guatemala!
As we start 2014 the Embassy is going into full planning mode for British Week. This celebration of all things British will run from 7-15 March and include events open to the public such as family day, a fashion event and football games. I want to focus on one event where we want people to get involved already. On Saturday 15 March we plan to have a charity British Ball. … British Week 2014 Guatemala – Want to join in?
I know I am mixing my Mayan and Gregorian calendars but, since we were waiting for the end of the last B’ak’tun on 21 December 2012, so much has happened that this year feels like it is has gone by in a flash. With all that activity to cover I am inevitably going to forget something but here is the traditional end of year Embassy review with some highlights from … 2013: How the first year of a new B’ak’tun worked out for us
The United Kingdom promotes gender equality and tackles violence against women and girls as a matter of principle. So, as part of the 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence we have a guest blog from Sara Del Cid, our Security and Justice Officer. Over to you Sara… Since the Foreign Secretary, William Hague, launched the initiative to prevent sexual violence in conflict (PSVI), we have been working closely with … Guatemala and UK: it’s time to act!
It has been all go between Guatemala and the UK this week. On Monday the Guatemalan Foreign Minister was in the UK attending the Parliamentary Conference on Drugs Policy Reform. He met the president of the Open Society Foundation, George Soros and with Norman Baker, Home Office Minister for State for Crime Prevention so that they could talk about international drugs policy. At the same time back in Guatemala we … Trade, Transparency and Vitamins? A snapshot of a busy week in a bilateral relationship