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Fifteen Days of Britain

The British Embassy has developed a special programme from 10 March to 23 March to highlight our work in Guatemala.


Amongst our priorities are the strengthening of economic ties, defence co-operation, our commitment to human rights - especially with women and girls - and the strengthening of the rule of law. Our activities include:

10 March: Impact Marathon Pacaya
A race organised by a British company that carries out these types of activities around the world. The event was held at the Pacaya volcano with 42km, 21km and 10km routes. All proceeds were donated to charity and some 50 British citizens from a total of 200 marathoners participated.
12 March: Visit of British humanitarian aid vessel
One of the humanitarian aid and naval logistics ships of the United Kingdom will visit Puerto Barrios from 10 – 13 March. It will be the first visit of a Royal Navy ship to Guatemala in more than 15 years. The objective of the visit is to share experience on aid and disaster relief in the Caribbean basin with Guatemala, and strengthen defence relations.
13 March: Visit of the UK’s Project and Infrastructure Authority
The objective of the visit is to share the British experience of using Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) to develop infrastructure projects. Various activities will be carried out jointly with the National Agency of Partnerships for the Development of Economic Infrastructure (ANADIE) and public and private institutions involved in this sector.
15 March: Celebration of Her Majesty’s Birthday
A reception to celebrate the 92nd Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II. The theme of this year’s event will revolve around the centennial of the vote of women. In 1918 a group of women led the campaign for women to be granted the vote in the United Kingdom. Known as ‘suffragettes’, these women laid the foundations of democratic inclusion in the United Kingdom.
17 March: Project Closing Ceremony - Glasswing Girls Club
Together with the organisation Glasswing, this year we finalise a project that in the last two years has supported groups of girls in Guatemala City and Mixco. The project encourages them to stay at school and away from gangs, in such a way that they gain ambition for a better future and so ensure their voices are heard.
21 March: Workshop on the rule of law
Within the framework of the election of the new Attorney General, the British Embassy is supporting the Office of the Human Rights Ombudsman and the organisation ‘Alliances for Reforms’, to hold a workshop on the importance of the independence of powers. Chairing this event will be the Honorable Judge Sir Ross Cranston QC from the United Kingdom.
22-23 March: International Training in Complex Case Management and Corruption
Over two days three judges from six countries of the Central American region will expand their knowledge in handling complex and high profile cases with the support of two British judges who are experts in the field. This is part of the global Legal Services are Great initiative. In a recent survey conducted in the European Union, the judicial system of the United Kingdom was described as the least vulnerable to corruption.
Published 12 March 2018