In its capacity of Coordinator of OPANAL in New York, the Permanent Mission of Brazil organized a commemorative event on the 50th Anniversary of the Treaty of Tlatelolco at the United Nations, on March 27, 2017. The commemoration took place on the sidelines of the United Nations Conference to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination.
In the presidium were present: Ambassador Mauro Vieira, Permanent Representative of Brazil to the United Nations; Ambassador Miguel Ruíz Cabañas Izquierdo, Undersecretary of Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights of Mexico; Mr. Kim Won-soo, Former High Representative for Disarmament Affairs; Ambassador Luiz Filipe de Macedo Soares, Secretary-General of OPANAL; And María Pía Devoto (Argentina), member of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).
Representatives of the following Member States of OPANAL were also present: Antigua and Barbuda; Argentina; Bolivia; Brazil; Chile; Colombia; Costa Rica; Cuba; Dominica; Dominican Republic; Ecuador; El Salvador; Guatemala; Guyana; Haiti; Honduras; Jamaica; Mexico; Nicaragua; Panama; Paraguay; Peru; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Trinidad and Tobago; Uruguay and Venezuela.
The other four nuclear-weapon-free zones and Mongolia were represented by New Zealand (Treaty of Rarotonga); Thailand (Treaty of Bangkok); Cape Verde (Treaty of Pelindaba); Kyrgyzstan (Treaty on a nuclear-weapon-free zone in Central Asia) and Mongolia. All of them delivered statements in which they emphasized the contribution of the Treaty of Tlatelolco to international peace and security.
During their interventions, Member States reiterated their commitment to the Treaty of Tlatelolco and to the work of OPANAL. Some delegations recalled the technical and legal contributions of the Agency in the debate of the United Nations Conference to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination.
See the photo gallery of the event.