|Role of three UN Mechanisms in World Conference 2014 discussed at preparation meeting in Guatemala|
|26 December 2012|
The Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, together with members of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and the Expert Mechanism on the rights of indigenous peoples met in Guatemala from 19 to 22 December 2012 to discuss preparations for the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, which will be convened by the UN General Assembly in 2014. The meeting included participation in ceremonies to mark the Oxlajuuj B'aqtun, the change of the era in the Maya calendar.
While in Guatemala, the Special Rapporteur also participated in a "National Forum on indigenous peoples and natural resources: perspectives for inclusive development" as well as in informal meetings with representatives of indigenous peoples and the private sector.