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Posted: Tuesday, December 14, 2021. 10:06 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Much of the work we do touches on and is impacted by the work of the United Nations and its agencies.

But there is always room for improvement, and so a hybrid in-person and virtual training session was held today at the Biltmore Plaza Hotel.

Tracy Hutchinson, Strategic Planner and Team Leader in the office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator, explains that this is meant to be a space of engagement with the press on what and how is reported and how it ties to the greater agenda of the UN and its agencies.

A few broad topics – migration, gender-based violence, the Sustainable Development Goals – were discussed with an eye to help the press understand ongoing issues and integrate them into our reporting.

Hutchinson explained that the UN’s work is accessible and available for use in our reporting and to provide critical service and a less jaundiced eye on the news of the day.

For example, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), whose Belize office is headed by former Director of Immigration Diana Locke, is preparing for next year’s amnesty with several critical projects based at hubs in Cayo, the South, and the Belize District. Tomorrow Wednesday, it is partnering with the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) to present data analysis of the 2010 census as it relates to the migrant population, estimated at between 40 and 60 thousand, and how they have been and will be integrated into the Belizean society.

The UN partners with agencies on the ground such as Spotlight Initiative, whose baseline report on gender-based violence we will tell you about later on.

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