Belize is a Central American country on the Caribbean Sea. Its lies south of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, with Guatemala to the west and south. Its long east coast is mainly flat and swampy. It has low mountains in the south. Tropical forest covers more than half of its land area.

Secretariat support for Belize 


Belize received Commonwealth Election Professionals (CEP) Initiative training in May 2018. Its election officials improved their knowledge of campaign and party financing, women’s participation and new media. 

Elections work

Countering violent extremism 

The Secretariat helped Belize attend talks in Trinidad and Tobago on tackling violent and extremist views. The aim was to encourage awareness and partnerships in the region.  

Countering violent extremism work

Human rights 

At a working session in 2017, the Secretariat helped Belize improve its reporting on human rights in the country under the United Nation’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process. In 2018-19, the Secretariat worked with Belize to establish a national human rights institution to help it promote, monitor and report on human rights. 

Human Rights work


The Secretariat helped Belize include young people in tackling unemployment and setting up business enterprises. 15 staff from the Belize Department of Youth received training. 

Youth work

Climate change

The Commonwealth Secretariat supports Belize to deliver climate action by building its capacity to access international climate finance through the Climate Finance Access Hub and supporting the development of robust climate policies.

Climate change work


The Secretariat Hub and Spokes programme sent an expert to Belize to advise on trade in services, intellectual property and competition. 

Trade work

Natural resources 

The Secretariat gave advice to Belize on improving profits from its petroleum sector and managing its oil resources more sustainably. 

Natural resources work

Blue Charter

Belize is a co-champion of the Blue Charter Action Group on Coral Reef Protection and Restoration, alongside Australia and Mauritius.

Belize is also a member of the Commonwealth Clean Ocean Alliance and Mangrove Ecosystems and Livelihoods Action Groups.

Blue Charter

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Total population

Key Facts

397,620 (2022)
22,965 square kilometres
Capital city
Joined the Commonwealth
1981, following independence from Britain