UNICEF Belize works with partners at the sub-regional and at the national levels. Sub-regional partners for UNICEF include the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Organization of American Caribbean States (OAECS), and the University of the West Indies.
The Caribbean Community (CARICOM):
CARICOM's mandate is "to provide dynamic leadership and service, in partnership with Community institutions and groups, toward the attainment of a viable, internationally competitive and sustainable Community, with improved quality of life for all." Countries in the Caribbean region along with Belize are members of CARICOM: Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Montserrat, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The British Virgin Islands and Turks and Caicos Islands have associate member status. UNICEF collaborates with CARICOM in areas such as social policy development, advocacy and partnerships for children with special focus on the areas of children’s protection, early childhood development, HIV/AIDS and lifeskills.
As a partner, CARICOM has played a leading role in the implementation of the Health and Family Life Education (HFLE) programme in its member states and is Chair of the HFLE working group committee. At the wider social policy development, monitoring and evaluation level, CARICOM has taken the lead in providing training for the region’s statisticians in DevInfo – a monitoring and data collection tool, which helps countries monitor progress towards the MDGs.
The Organization of American Caribbean States (OECS) Secretariat:
OECS forms a sub-component of the OAS, whose mission is to be "a major regional institution contributing to the sustainable development of the OECS Member States." The OAS and UNICEF have collaborated mainly in the area of child protection and birth registration. The OECS Secretariat, more specifically, has played a major role in the drafting of four (4) Model Legislation on Child Protection: Juvenile Justice Bill; The Child Care and Protection Bill; The Status of Children Bill; and the Domestic Violence Bill. It has also been instrumental in pushing the sub-regional agenda forward in the area of protection for children.
The University of the West Indies:
The University of the West Indies (UWI) has four locations: Jamaica, Barbados, and Trinidad and Tobago, and Belize. UWI has collaborated with UNICEF mainly in the area of capacity building as it relates to children’s issues, child protection, and HIV/AIDS and lifeskills.