The Organization of American States (OAS) and Rotary Clubs of Central America and the United States today agreed to promote partnerships with the private sector to train and promote the employability of at-risk returned migrants and internally displaced youth, within the framework of the Regional Integrated Framework for Protection and Solutions (MIRPS).
OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro recalled the Organization’s long-standing relationship with Rotarians and welcomed this new initiative aimed at providing economic opportunities to a key sector of the Central American population. “The OAS and Rotarians have a long tradition of working on multiple challenges in the Americas. In particular, on the issue of forced displacement of people in Central America, our organizations are called to orchestrate immediate action to address the unprecedented crisis affecting the region,” said Secretary General Almagro.
For his part, the Governor of Rotary District 4250 – which covers Guatemala, Honduras and Belize – Orlando Burns, said the signing of the agreement creates a “strategic alliance” to provide economic solutions for vulnerable populations. “Rotarians have a long history of facilitating strategic alliances between public, private and civil society organizations for the development of innovative initiatives. We have long forged real and lasting solutions to support needy communities and we have been providing a better future for at-risk youth in our communities,” said Governor Burns.
For her part, the Permanent Representative of Guatemala, Rita Claverie Diaz, whose country holds the temporary presidency of MIRPS, highlighted the inclusive spirit of the agreement signed. “The objective of this agreement is to establish a cooperation framework for the creation of a comprehensive initiative for the inclusion and labor insertion of unaccompanied young Guatemalan returnees, and to promote other activities related to the implementation of the MIRPS,” added the Guatemalan diplomat.
The initiative will be implemented first in Guatemala and then extended to other Central American countries.