The fifth session of the Expert Mechanism took place from 9-13 July 2012 in Geneva at the United Nations Palais des Nations. Key reports discussed and adopted by the Expert Mechanism include:
- Follow-up report on Indigenous peoples and the right to participate in decision making, with a focus on extractive industries;
- Study on the role of languages and culture in the promotion and protection of the rights and identity of Indigenous peoples; and
- Report on the questionnaire to states on best practices regarding measures and strategies used to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, 2007.
The Expert Mechanism also held a half-day discussion on preparations for the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples which will be held in 2014.