14 February 2017

Mexico City

First row (left – right): MOF of Argentina: Susana Malcorra; Secretary-General of OPANAL: Luiz Filipe de Macedo Soares; President of Mexico: Enrique Peña Nieto; MOF of Mexico: Luis Videgaray Caso; MOF of Guatemala: Carlos Raúl Morales Moscoso. Second row (left – right): MOF of Antigua and Barbuda: Charles Fernandez; Vicepresident and MOF of Panama: Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado; Secretary-General of the OAS: Luis Almagro; United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs: Kim Won-soo; Executive Secretary of the CTBTO: Lassina Zerbo; MOF of Belize: Wilfred Elrington. Third row (left – right): MOF of the Philippines: Perfecto Rivas Yasay Jr.; Minister Advisor of Nicaragua: Sidhartha Francisco Marín Aráuz; MOF of El Salvador: Hugo Roger Martínez Bonilla; MOF of Honduras: María Dolores Agüero Lara; MOF of Saint Lucia: Sarah Flood-Beabrun; Vice Minister of Defense of Bolivia: José Luis Begazo Ampuero; Fourth row (left – right): Vice-MOF of Venezuela: Rubén Darío Molina; Vice-MOF of Dominican Republic: Carlos García; Vice-MOF of Brazil: Fernando Simas Magalhães; Vice-MOF of Paraguay: Oscar Cabello Sarubbi; Vice-MOF of Uruguay: José Luis Cancela; Fifth row (left – right): Ambassador of Haiti: Guy Lamothe; Ambassador of Costa Rica: María Eugenia Venegas Renauld; Ambassador of Cuba: Pedro Núñez Mosquera; Ambassador of Colombia: Patricia Cárdenas Santamaría; Ambassador of Ecuador: Leonardo Arízaga Schmegel; Ambassador of Jamaica: Sandra Griffiths. Sixth row (left – right): Ambassador of the Netherlands: Margriet Leemhuis; Ambassador of Guyana to the US and Permanent Representative to the OAS: Riyad Insanally; Ambassador of Barbados to the US and Permanent Representative to the OAS: Selwin Hart; DG of Foreign Policy of Chile: Milenko Skoknic Tapia; DG of Multilateral and Global Affairs of Peru: Antonio García Revilla; Ambassador of Russia: Eduard Malayan. Seventh row (left – right): Minister Counselor and Deputy Head of Mission of the United Kingdom to Mexico: Olivier Evans; Director General of Arms Control and Disarmament of China: Wang Qun; Minister Counselor of the Embassy of France to Mexico: François Vandeville; Advisor for Export Control and Related Border Security of the United States: Robert Weisberg. Eighth row (left – right): ICRC: Juan Pedro Schaerer; Permanent Representative of Algeria and Chairperson of the First Committee of the UNGA: Sabri Boukadoum; ABACC: Sergio Solmesky; IAEA: Luis Longoria.

On Tuesday, February 14, 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 in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico within the framework of the 50th Anniversary of the Treaty of Tlatelolco.

The Session was attended by delegations from 26 OPANAL Member States. It was also attended by the following observers: delegations of the 6 States Parties to the Additional Protocols to the Treaty of Tlatelolco (China, the United States, France, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Russia); 2 delegations representing other Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zones (Kyrgyzstan, from Central Asia and the Philippines, from Southeast Asia); 7 delegations of International Organizations (ABACC, CTBTO, ICRC, OAS, IAEA, the Chair of the First Committee of the United Nations General Assembly and UNODA); 32 delegations orf other Observer States, 10 civil society organizations and 38 special guests (see the List of Participants).

Since Mexico hosted the XXV Session, the General Conference decided that Mexico should assume the Presidency of the Session. Therefore, H.E. Dr. Luis Videgaray Caso, Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico He was elected by acclamation as President of the XXV Session of the General Conference.

The President of the XXV Session reported that the Secretariat received the candidates of Argentina and Guatemala to assume the vice-presidencies of the Session. HEY Dr. Susana Malcorra, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship of the Argentine Republic, and HE Mr. Carlos Raúl Morales Moscoso, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Guatemala, were elected by acclamation as Vice-Presidents of the XXV Session of the General Conference.

During his opening speech, the President of the XXV Session, HE Dr. Luis Videgaray Caso, mentioned that: The Treaty of Tlatelolco represents an achievement for all the countries of our region. 50 years after its adoption, we must continue to be champions of peace and international security. Our societies still face important challenges, among which are organized international crime. the illicit arms trade and the world drug problem, honoring our best diplomatic tradition, we must address them in a collective and coordinated manner.

For his part, the Secretary-General of OPANAL, Ambassador Luiz Filipe de Macedo Soares, thanked the President of Mexico, HE, Mr. Enrique Peña Nieto, for his presence at the XXV Session of the General Conference and stated: «The conception of the Agency for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean is an example of the vision of the negotiators of Tlatelolco. OPANAL not only controls compliance with the Treaty but also constitutes an instrument through which our region sets forth, beyond its boundaries, our positions concerning disarmament and non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.

Subsequently, the President of Mexico, HE Mr. Enrique Peña Nieto, delivered his opening address on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Treaty of Tlatelolco and of the XXV Session of the General Conference, stating: The Treaty of Tlatelolco is clear proof of the effectiveness and validity of multilateral agreements. Its essence is clear: no State, no matter how powerful, can seek to impose its will against the principles forged by the international community. And he added: «We share the vision that international relations must be based on law, respect and dialogue. Never in intimidation or the use of force.

At the end of his speech, the President of Mexico presented to the General Conference for his Consideration the «Declaration of the Member States of OPANAL on the 50th Anniversary of the conclusion of the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean (Treaty of Tlatelolco)«.The Declaration was adopted by acclamation.

Furthermore, the General Conference adopted Resolution CG/Res.01/2017 by which it was decided to re-elect, by acclamation, Ambassador Luiz Filipe de Macedo Soares as Secretary-General of OPANAL for a second term (1 January 2018 to 31 December 2021).

Finally, the General Conference adopted Resolution GC/Res.02/2017 «Vote of Thanks» by which it thanked: «the Government of the United Mexican States for the generous invitation conveyed to the Agency for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean – OPANAL – to hold the XXV Session of the General Conference, within the framework of the Fiftieth anniversary of the Treaty of Tlatelolco, at the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs."

The General Conference is the supreme organ of OPANAL, it is composed of all the Contracting Parties, that is to say, all the 33 Latin America and the Caribbean countries; it holds regular meetings every two years and may also hold special sessions whenever the Treaty of Tlatelolco so provides or, in the opinion of the Council, the circumstances so require.

See the photo gallery of the XXV Session of the General Conference.

 

Documents of the XXV Session

 

Schedule
14-Feb-2017
List of Participants
14-Feb-2017
Declaration of the Member States of OPANAL on the 50th Anniversary
of the conclusion of the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in
Latin America and the Caribbean (Treaty of Tlatelolco)
14-Feb-2017

 

 

Resolutions adopted during the XXV Session

 

Election of the Secretary-General
14-Feb-2017
Vote of Thanks
14-Feb-2017

 

 

Statements by Member States

 

Antigua and Barbuda

Argentina

Barbados

Belize

Bolivia

Brazil

Chile

Colombia

Costa Rica

Cuba

Dominican Republic

Ecuador

El Salvador

Guatemala

Guyana

Haiti

Honduras

Jamaica

Mexico

Nicaragua

Panama

Paraguay

Peru

Uruguay

Venezuela

 

 

Statements by Observer States

 

China

India

Kyrgyzstan

Philippines

Russia

United States

 

 

Statements by Observer International Organizations

 

ICRC

CTBTO extension

IAEA

Chairperson of the First Committee of the United Nations General Assembly

ONE GIVES

 

 

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