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2018 Internship Programme Earmarked for Caribbean Member States

25-Jan-2018.- The purpose of an internship at OPANAL Secretariat is to provide graduate and postgraduate students from the fields of international relations, international law and political sciences with on-the-job training opportunities. Internships will be granted on a limited scale and the participants will receive guidance and support from the Secretariat officers with respect to the duties to be performed. Elected candidates will receive a round-trip airfare to Mexico City, and a monthly allowance of USD 1,000.00 for accommodation and living costs.

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Visit of Ambassador Nelson Antonio Tabajara de Oliveira to OPANAL Headquarters

19-Jan-2018.- Ambassador Nelson Antonio Tabajara de Oliveira, Director-General of the Department of Defense and Security Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil, paid a courtesy visit to Ambassador Luiz Filipe de Macedo Soares, Secretary-General, at OPANAL Headquarters. 

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Brazil, Mexico and Ambassador Elayne Whyte were awarded the "2017 Arms Control Person(s) of the Year"

10-Jan-2018.- The delegations of Austria, Brazil, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa and Ambassador Elayne Whyte were awarded the "2017 Arms Control Person(s) of the Year" for leading the negotiations on the landmark 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons to a successful conclusion in July 2017. The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was opened for signature on 20 September 2017 at the United Nations; it is an instrument of international law that prohibits the development, testing, production, manufacture, and acquisition of nuclear weapons, as well as the use or the threat of use of such weapons.

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OPANAL's First Course on Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (Montevideo, Uruguay)

15-Dec-2017.- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay hosted the first OPANAL's Course on Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation at the Instituto Artigas del Servicio Exterior (IASE) in Montevideo. The Course was delivered by Ambassador Sergio de Queiroz Duarte, former United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs and current President of Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs.

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Seminar "Towards a World Without Nuclear Weapons"

8-Dec-2017.- Ambassador Luiz Filipe de Macedo Soares, Secretary-General of OPANAL, participated in the Seminar Towards a world without nuclear weapons: challenges and perspectives”, held in Brasilia. The Seminar was organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil and the Alexandre de Gusmão Foundation. Ambassador Macedo Soares made a presentation entitled "The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and its discontents" for the panel "Impact of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons on the NPT regime". 

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Ambassador Luiz Filipe de Macedo Soares is awarded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil

6-Dec-2017.- Ambassador Luiz Filipe de Macedo Soares was awarded the Prize Medal by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil, for having completed fifty years of public service in the diplomatic career. Ambassador Macedo Soares is a retired diplomat with extensive experience in the field of disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation. Between 2008 and 2011, he was the Permanent Representative of Brazil to the Conference on Disarmament, based in Geneva. He has been the Secretary-General of the Agency for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean (OPANAL) since his election in 2014 and was reelected by acclamation on February 14, 2017, during the XXV Session of the General Conference of the Agency.

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First Committee of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly

11-Oct-2017.- The Member States of OPANAL and the Secretary-General of the Agency participate in the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly - First Committee, which deals with disarmament and other matters related to international security. In addition to his work at the First Committee, the Secretary-General of OPANAL participated in the Panel: Exchange with the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs and other High-Level officials on the "Current state of affairs in the field of arms control and disarmament and the role of international organizations with mandates in this field ", in which also participated representatives of the IAEA, OPCWCTBTO and the Secretary-General of the Conference on Disarmament at Geneva. Moreover, OPANAL and the Permanent Mission of Brazil to the United Nations, current Coordinator of OPANAL in New York, organized a side event on the "Dialogue among Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zones and Mongolia".

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The Secretariat of OPANAL congratulates the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) on being awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize

11-Oct-2017.- The Secretariat of the Agency for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean (OPANAL) congratulates the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) on receiving the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. ICAN is a coalition of civil society organizations in more than 100 countries. ICAN's mission is to advocate for a strong and effective nuclear weapon ban treaty. The Nobel Committee decided to award ICAN with the Nobel Peace Prize for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve the treaty banning nuclear weapons, concluded on 7 July 2017 at the United Nations.

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XXV Special Session of the General Conference of OPANAL

28-Sept-2017.- The XXV Special Session of the General Conference of OPANAL was held in Mexico City. The Session of the General Conference, the main Organ of OPANAL, was chaired by Ambassador Luis Javier Campuzano, Director General for the United Nations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico. The Vice-Presidents of the Conference were Ambassador Daniel Chuburu, from Argentina, and Ambassador Arturo Duarte Ortiz, from Guatemala. Among other decisions, the General Conference elected Argentina and Uruguay as new members of the Agency's Council for the period 2018-2021. Moreover, resolutions were adopted on education for nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation; the OPANAL budget for 2018 was also adopted, among other decisions.

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Declaration of the Member States of OPANAL on the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons - 26 September 2017

26-Sept-2017.- On the occasion of the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, the 33 Member States of the Agency for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean (OPANAL) issued a declaration in which they express, inter alia: "their indignation at the existence, as of today, of about 15 thousand nuclear weapons that pose an unacceptable threat to humankind" and reiterate "their deep concern over the imminent danger posed by the existence of nuclear weapons, a danger that becomes more serious by the day".

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Statement by the Secretary-General of OPANAL - delivered by Guatemala, at the 61st Session of the General Conference of the IAEA

21-Sept-2017.- During the general debate of the 61st General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Ambassador Antonio Roberto Castellanos López - Permanent Representative of Guatemala to International Organizations based in Vienna and Coordinator of OPANAL in that city, delivered a statement on behalf of the Secretary-General of the Agency for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean (OPANAL). 

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Communiqué of the Member States of OPANAL on the nuclear test by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea

14-Sept-2017.- The Agency for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean (OPANAL) condemns the new nuclear test by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on 3 September 2017, and expresses its firm rejection concerning all kinds of nuclear tests anywhere in the world. On previous occasions, the Council of OPANAL has expressed its condemnation of nuclear tests by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, actions qualified as a threat to international peace and security. These actions endanger the lives of millions of people and constitute a violation of the relevant resolutions of the Security Council of the United Nations. OPANAL, therefore, reiterates the demand for the immediate cessation of nuclear tests by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

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Unveiling at the "Plaza de las tres culturas" of a plaque commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Treaty of Tlatelolco

25-Aug-2017.-  OPANAL and Soka Gakkai International unveiled at the Plaza de las Tres Culturas, in the Tlatelolco neighborhood of Mexico City, a plaque commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean (known as the Treaty of Tlatelolco), which contains the message: Aquí en Tlatelolco fue firmado en 1967 el primer tratado internacional, en un área densamente poblada, que prohíbe las armas nucleares. Los 33 países de Latinoamérica y el Caribe han demostrado que la única manera de eliminar el problema de las armas nucleares, que constituyen fuerzas que provocarían la destrucción del mundo, será necesario el esfuerzo solidario que todos realicemos para inaugurar, con la energía impulsora de la esperanza, una nueva era en la historia de la humanidad.

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Hacia un mundo sin armas nucleares - article by Mr. Aloysio Nunes Ferreira, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Brazil (text only available in Spanish)

16-Aug-2017.- El 7 de julio, la comunidad internacional dio un paso histórico con la adopción del texto del Tratado de las Naciones Unidas sobre la Prohibición de Armas Nucleares, después de un proceso negociador cuya convocatoria no habría sido posible sin el empeño de un grupo de países que Brasil tuvo el honor de integrar. A esos países se unió la gran mayoría de los Estados miembros de las Naciones Unidas, que comprendió el sentido humanitario de la iniciativa y participó activamente en la conferencia negociadora con ánimo constructivo y responsabilidad, de modo que llenara una laguna jurídica inaceptable en el área de desarme.

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First Preparatory Committee for the 2020 NPT Review Conference

2-15-May-2017.- The Preparatory Committee for the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) holds its first session from 2 to 12 May 2017 at the Vienna International Centre. This will be the first of three sessions that will be held prior to the 2020 Review Conference. The Preparatory Committee is responsible for addressing substantive and procedural issues related to the NPT and the forthcoming Review Conference. The Member States and the Secretary-General of OPANAL participated in the 2017 Preparatory Committee.

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Tlatelolco at 50: The Continued Relevance and Potential of Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zones 

3-May-2017.- In Vienna, Austria, the Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC), Chaired by Venezuela, and the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP) organized the panel "Tlatelolco at 50: The Continued Relevance and Potential of Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zones." The panel is part of the commemorations of the 50th Anniversary of the conclusion of the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean (Treaty of Tlatelolco) and its purpose was to highlight the relevance of the Nuclear-Weapons-Free Zone in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as the region's substantive contribution to nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.

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United Nations Conference to negotiate a treaty banning nuclear weapons

27-31-March-2017.- Based on Resolution 71/258, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 23 December 2016, the first session of the "United Nations conference to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination" was held in New York from 27 to 31 March 2017. Ambassador Elayne Whyte Gómez, Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the International Organizations based in Geneva, was elected President of the Conference. Approximately 130 States participated in the first session of the Conference.

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50 years of the Treaty of Tlatelolco: An inspiration to the world

27-March-2017.- 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. 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. Representatives of the Member States of OPANAL and States Parties to other treaties establishing Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zones and Mongolia participated in the event.

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XXV Session of the General Conference of OPANAL - 50th Anniversary of the Treaty of Tlatelolco

14-Feb-2017.- On Tuesday, 14 February 2017, the XXV Session of the General Conference of the Agency for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean (OPANAL) was held at Mexico City, in the framework of the 50th Anniversary of the Treaty of Tlatelolco. The General Conference was inaugurated by H.E. Mr. Enrique Peña Nieto, President of the United Mexican States. During the XXV Session, the main organ of OPANAL adopted unanimously the "Declaration of OPANAL Member States on the fiftieth anniversary of the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean (Treaty of Tlatelolco)."

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The Treaty of Tlatelolco is incorporated to the Regional Register of the UNESCO Memory of the World Programme

14-Feb-2017.-  The Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean (Treaty of Tlatelolco) was incorporated into the Regional Register of the UNESCO Memory of the World Programme for its contribution and validity in the construction of regional and international peace. During the XXV Session of the General Conference of the Agency for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean (OPANAL), held on 14 February 2017 in the framework of the 50th Anniversary of the Treaty of Tlatelolco, Dr Rosa María Fernández Zamora - President of the National Committee for the Memory of the World Programme of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), presented the Certificate of registration of the Treaty of Tlatelolco in the Regional Register of the UNESCO Memory of the World Programme.

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OPANAL International Seminar "A world free of nuclear weapons: Is it possible? Is it desirable? How could it be achieved?" - 50th Anniversary of the Treaty of Tlatelolco

13-Feb-2017.- On Monday, 13 February 2017, OPANAL organized in Mexico City the International Seminar "A world free of nuclear weapons: Is it possible, Is it desirable? How could it be achieved?" The Seminar was attended by high-level panelists, including: Dr William Perry, former Secretary of Defense of the United States (1994-1997); Ambassador Emeritus of Mexico Sergio González Gálvez, who participated in the negotiation and drafting process of the Treaty of Tlatelolco since 1965; Ms Angela Kane, former United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs (2012-2015); And Dr Jayantha Dhanapala, former Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs (1998-2003); and Ms Beatrice Fihn, Executive Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize-winning organization. The publication of the OPANAL International Seminar is available for download free-of-charge

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Unveiling the plaque commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Treaty of Tlatelolco

18-Nov-2016.- In the framework of the commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Treaty of Tlatelolco, in the border city of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, Ambassador Luiz Filipe de Macedo Soares, Secretary-General of OPANAL, unveiled a commemorative plaque with the legend: Here in Tijuana, the most northwestern municipality of all Latin America, begins the Nuclear Free Zone of Latin America and the Caribbean, which extends to the farthest southern extreme of the Continent. As established by the Treaty of Tlatelolco in 1967, within this 80 million square kilometer region there are no nuclear weapons nor will there ever be.

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Declaration of the Member States of OPANAL on the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons - 26 September 2016

26-Sept-2016.- The Member States of OPANAL reiterate the pressing need to begin negotiations for the prompt conclusion of a universal and legally binding instrument prohibiting the possession, development, production, acquisition, testing, stockpiling, transfer, use or threat of use of nuclear weapons and including provisions for their destruction in a transparent, irreversible and verifiable manner under a multilaterally agreed timetable; and reiterate their commitment to join forces to promote this priority objective.

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The Council of OPANAL condemns the nuclear-weapon test conducted by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on 8 September 2016

15-Sept-2016.- The Council reiterates its strongest repudiation of the conduct of any type of nuclear weapon tests anywhere in the world and urges the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to sign without delay the Comprehensive-Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) and to rejoin the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) as a non-nuclear-weapon State.

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The Secretariat of OPANAL welcomes the announcement of the signing of the Peace Final Agreement in Colombia

25-Aug-2016.- The Secretariat of the Agency for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean (OPANAL) welcomes the announcement of the signing of the “Final Agreement for the Termination of the Conflict and the Construction of a Stable and Lasting Peace” between the Government of the Republic of Colombia and the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia — Ejército del Pueblo on 24 August 2016, in Havana, Cuba.

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Special meeting of the Council on the occasion of the visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Paraguay

25-Aug-2016.- The Council of OPANAL held a special meeting on the occasion of the visit of H.E. Mr. Eladio Loizaga Caballero, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Paraguay. The meeting, held at the OPANAL Headquarters, was chaired by H.E. Mr. Víctor Núñez Cuevas, Ambassador of the Republic of Paraguay to Mexico, in his capacity as President of the Council of the Agency.

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Open-ended Working Group Taking Forward Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament Negotiations

11-May-2016.- The United Nations General Assembly, through Resolution 70/33 entitled “Taking forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations”, decided to convene an Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) "to substantively address concrete effective legal measures, legal provisions, and norms that will need to be concluded to attain and maintain a world without nuclear weapons". The Secretary-General and Member States of OPANAL participated actively in this OEWG.

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Poster Contest on the 50th Anniversary of the Treaty of Tlatelolco

26-Apr-2016.- On 14 February 2017, the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean – Treaty of Tlatelolco – will fulfill 50 years of existence. As part of the commemorations of the Anniversary, OPANAL opens the call for a poster contest. The winning poster, besides being the official image of the commemorative events of the 50th Anniversary, will be disseminated among the 33 Member States of OPANAL and it will be printed on a commemorative ticket of the Lotería Nacional Mexicana and the Sistema Colectivo del Metro of Mexico City.

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Visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Brazil to OPANAL Headquarters

22-Feb-2016.- The Council of the Agency for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean (OPANAL) held an extraordinary meeting on the occasion of the visit of H.E. Mr. Mauro Vieira, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of Brazil, to OPANAL Headquarters.

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Communiqué of the Member States of OPANAL on the 49th Anniversary of the Treaty of Tlatelolco

14-Feb-2016.- The Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean (Treaty of Tlatelolco) fulfills 49 years since its opening for signature, as well as the Agency for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean (OPANAL).

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The Director General of the IAEA visited OPANAL Headquarters

5-Feb-2016.- The OPANAL Council held a special session on the occasion of the visit of Mr. Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), to the OPANAL’s headquarters.

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Regional Postgraduate Course in Global Security, Disarmament and Nonproliferation - NPSGlobal Foundation - 2016

13-Dec-2015.- Registration is now open for the Regional Postgraduate Course in Global Security, Disarmament and Nonproliferation which for the seventh consecutive year is offered by the Nonproliferation for Global Security Foundation (NPSGlobal), based in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Internship Programme Earmarked for Caribbean Member States - 2016

26-Nov-2015.- The Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and OPANAL signed a cooperation agreement to provide the opportunity for two interns from the Caribbean Member States to gain professional experience at the Secretariat of OPANAL.

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Participation of OPANAL at the First Committee of the United Nations General Assembly

9-Nov-2015.- OPANAL Member States and the Secretary-General of the Agency participated in the 70th Session of the First Committee of the United Nations General Assembly, responsible for discussing issues related to disarmament and international security.

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What is the role of OPANAL? Interview with the Secretary-General - Excélsior TV

4-Sept-2015.- Ambassador Luiz Filipe de Macedo Soares, Secretary-General of OPANAL, in an interview for the T.V. show "Análisis Global, con José Carreño", spoke about the relevance of the Treaty of Tlatelolco and OPANAL, the Intergovernmental Organization established in order to ensure compliance with the obligations of the Treaty. The Secretary-General recalled that, during almost the 50 years of the existence of the Treaty of Tlatelolco and OPANAL, there have not been nuclear weapons or nuclear explosions in Latin American and the Caribbean.

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Communiqué of the Council of OPANAL on the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States

2-Jul-2015.- The Council of the Agency for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean (OPANAL), meeting on 2 July 2015, welcomes the announcement that the Republic of Cuba and the United States of America have reestablished diplomatic relations and will shortly reopen their respective Embassies in Havana and Washington, D.C.

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Communiqué of the Member States of OPANAL on the IX NPT Review Conference

15-Jun-2015.- The Member States of the Agency for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean (OPANAL), deeply concerned about the threat that represent for humanity the continuing existence of nuclear weapons and their possible use or threat of use, regret that the IX Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), which closed on 22 May 2015, in New York, concluded without reaching the necessary consensus to adopt a final document.

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2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT)

The OPANAL Member States, as well as the Secretary-General of the Agency, Ambassador Luiz Filipe de Macedo Soares, participated in the IX Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.

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The Secretary-General participates in the III Conference of States Party and Signatories to Treaties that Establish Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zones and Mongolia

24-Apr-2015.- Ambassador Luiz Filipe de Macedo Soares, Secretary-General of OPANAL, participated in the third Conference of States belonging to the five Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zones and Mongolia.

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Lecture by Jorge Volpi in the framework of the 48th Anniversary of the Treaty of Tlatelolco

16-Feb-2015.- As part of the commemoration of the 48th Anniversary of the Treaty of Tlatelolco, the Mexican writer Jorge Volpi gave a lecture on the history of the atomic bomb centered on the failed nuclear project of Nazi Germany.

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Commemoration of the 48th Anniversary of the Treaty of Tlatelolco

13-Feb-2015.- The OPANAL Member States celebrated the 48th Anniversary of the opening for signature of the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean, in Plaza de las Tres Culturas, Tlatelolco, Mexico City.

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