A three-day conference in Merida of the heads of 53 countries’ human rights organizations concludes Saturday Oct. 10, and a major policy statement about sustainable development and human rights is expected to be issued when the meeting ends.
The policy recommendations contained in this “Declaration of Merida” will be presented to the United Nations Office of the High Commisioner of Human Rights, the U.N. agency responsible for overseeing human rights throughout the world.
The delegates, some wearing the traditional dress of their native countries from Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Europe and the Americas, were greeted Thursday Oct. 8 by Yucatan Gov. Rolando Zapata Bello and Luis Raul Gonzalez Perez, president of Mexico’s National Commision on Human Rights.
Thursday’s ceremony and most of the meetings of the 12th International Conference of National Institutions for the Promotion of Human Rights are taking place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Merida’s Garcia Gineres neighborhood.
The attendees are analyzing strategies to strengthen peace, erradicate poverty, promote human development and adopt urgent measures against climate change, among others.
Security measures were fairly tight at the international conference, with heavily armed fatigue-wearing officers of Yucatan’s State Police guarding the cordoned entrance to the Hyatt and two fire trucks parked on the street nearby.
But the atmosphere inside was cordial, as the international delegates greeted one another heartily and interpeters labored to translate the speakers’ addresses in multiple languages.
The Declaration of Merida is expected to include recommendations for an Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development.
By Robert Adams for TYT
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