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Republic of Guatemala
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Location  Central America and the Caribbean
Capital  Guatemala City
Area  108,889 sq km
Population  16,581,273
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  • Guatemala commenced its responsibility as an executive board member of the UNICEF’s Executive Board on 1 January 2019.

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  • Researchers using a high-tech aerial mapping technique have found tens of thousands of previously undetected Mayan houses, buildings, defense works and pyramids in the dense jungle of Guatemala's Peten region, as announced on 1 February 2018 by an alliance of U.S., European and Guatemalan archaeologists working with Guatemala's Mayan Heritage and Nature Foundation.[1]

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  • Guatemalan director Jayro Bustamante won the Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival on 14 February 2015 for his film Ixcanul.[2]

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  • The Asociación Forestal Integral San Andrés, Petén (AFISAP) in Guatemala was named as the co-winner of the UNEP Sasakawa Prize on 23 February 2011 for their focused approach on preserving the forests in Guatemala.

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  • The Attorney General of Guatemala Thelma Aldana was awarded the 2016 International Women of Courage Award at a ceremony on 29 March 2016 by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

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  • Attorney General of Guatemala Thelma Aldana was named as one of the most influential people, according to Time Magazine’s 2017 list of 100 Most Influential People.[3]

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  • Rodrigo Tot, an indigenous leader in Guatemala’s Agua Caliente, received the 2017 Goldman Prize for the South and Central America region for leading his community to a landmark court decision that ordered the government to issue land titles to the Q’eqchi people and kept environmentally destructive nickel mining from expanding into his community.[4]

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  • Guatemala adopted a national constitution in 1985. The constitution of May 31, 1985 (effective January 14, 1986) provides for a representative democracy with three independent branches: executive, legislative, and judicial, plus an autonomous Supreme Electoral Tribunal.[5]


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  • The Ixpiyakok Women's Association from Guatemala was honored with the 2012 Equator Prize by the United Nations for their work to bring together 30 groups of Maya women in Chimaltenango to improve local food security and nutrition through organic family farms and seed banks.[6]

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  • Vega Lopez Jorge of Guatemala won gold in Men's Floor Gymnastics Artistic event at the 2015 Pan American Games.[7]

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  • Kevin Cordon of Guatemala won gold in Men's Singles Badminton at the 2015 Pan American Games.[8]
  • Archaeologists from Guatemala and the United States excavating within the ancient Maya city of El Perú-Waka’ in northern Guatemala have discovered an intricately carved stone monument with hieroglyphic text detailing the exploits of a little-known sixth-century princess whose progeny prevailed in a bloody, back-and-forth struggle between two of the civilization’s most powerful royal dynasties, Guatemalan cultural officials announced 16 July 2013.[9]

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  • Guatemala became a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), an organization commenced to deal with the rules of trade between nations, on 21 July 1995.[10]

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  • Racewalker Erick Barrondo won Guatemala's first ever medal in Olympic history with silver in the men's 20 kilometers walk on 4 August 2012.[11]

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  • Archaeologists in Guatemala have found an extraordinary Mayan frieze richly decorated with images of deities and rulers and a long dedicatory inscription, according to an official statement published on 7 August 2013. The frieze was discovered by Guatemalan archaeologist Francisco Estrada-Belli, a professor at Tulane University’s Anthropology Department, and his team in the Northern Province of Peten.[12]

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  • Lawmakers in Guatemala on 17 August 2017 voted unanimously to ban child marriage, making it illegal in the country for children under the age of 18 to get married.

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  • A team of archaeologists has discovered a nearly 1,500-year-old carved altar at the Classic Maya site of La Corona, located in jungle forest of the Petén in northern Guatemala.[13]

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  • Thelma Aldana of Guatemala was awarded the 2018 Right Livelihood Award — known as the “Alternative Nobel” — for her innovative work in exposing abuse of power and prosecuting corruption, thus rebuilding people’s trust in public institutions.[14]

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  • Archaeologists in Guatemala have discovered the tomb of Lady K’abel, a seventh-century Maya Holy Snake Lord considered one of the great queens of Classic Maya civilization, according to an official announcement on 3 October 2012.[15]

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  • Guatemalan start-up Didart, that uses craft making kits to teach children culture and ethnic heritage with hands on activities, augmented reality and original materials, won the Highest Potential for Global Impact prize at the 2016 Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Awards.[16]

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  • Rigoberta Menchú from Guatemala was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 1992 in recognition of her work for social justice and ethno-cultural reconciliation based on respect for the rights of indigenous peoples.[17]

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  • Guatemala was elected as a non-permanent member of the 15-member UN Security Council for the 2012-13 term on October 21, 2011.

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  • Archaeologists in Guatemala have discovered the grave of King K'utz Chman, a priest who is believed to have reigned around 700 B.C., at the Tak'alik Ab'aj dig in Retalhuleu in western Guatemala, experts revealed on 25 October 2012. The discovery also found a rich array of jade jewels, including a necklace depicting a vulture-headed human figure.[18]

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  • Guatemala ranked 16th in the 2015 Charities Aid Foundation's World Giving Index which measures each country's charitable behavior.[19]

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  • Guatemala was admitted as a member of the United Nations (UN) on 21 November 1945.[20]

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  • Guatemalan racewalker Erick Barrondo won gold in the 50km race walking at the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games in Veracruz, crossing the finish line with a new games record time of 3:49.40 hours.

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References


  1. http://www.pacunam.org/noticias/noticia/id_noticia/58
  2. https://www.berlinale.de/media/pdf_word/service_7/65_ifb_1/65_Berlinale_Awards.pdf
  3. http://time.com/collection/2017-time-100/4736293/thelma-aldana/
  4. http://www.goldmanprize.org/recipient/rodrigo-tot/
  5. http://www.countriesquest.com/central_america/guatemala/government.htm
  6. http://www.equatorinitiative.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=703&Itemid=683
  7. http://results.toronto2015.org/IRS/en/gymnastics-artistic/event-overview-gam001.htm
  8. http://results.toronto2015.org/IRS/en/badminton/event-overview-men-s-singles.htm
  9. http://news.wustl.edu/news/Pages/25624.aspx
  10. http://www.wto.org/english/thewto_e/whatis_e/tif_e/org6_e.htm
  11. http://www.london2012.com/athletics/event/men-20km-walk/index.html
  12. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-23613265
  13. https://news.tulane.edu/pr/tulane-archaeologist-leads-team-major-maya-find
  14. https://www.rightlivelihoodaward.org/media/2018-right-livelihood-award-laureates-announced/
  15. http://news.wustl.edu/news/Pages/24167.aspx
  16. http://www.iadb.org/en/news/news-releases/2016-10-10/idb-celebrates-venture-night-in-demand-solutions,11591.html
  17. http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1992/press.html
  18. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/25/us-guatemala-mayas-idUSBRE89O1PT20121025
  19. https://www.cafonline.org/docs/default-source/about-us-publications/caf_worldgivingindex2015_report.pdf
  20. http://www.un.org/en/members/