Commemoration of the 51st Anniversary of the Treaty of Tlatelolco


From left to righ: Mr. Rodolfo González Valderrama (Delegate of Cuauhtémoc), Ms. Fabiola Gil Rodríguez (International Relations Officer of OPANAL), Mr. Nereo Ordaz (Director of Soka Gakkai International - Mexico) and Mr. Jesús Ramírez.


From April 24 to 29, 2018, it took place a commemoration of the 51st Anniversary of the Treaty of Tlatelolco in the "Plaza de las Tres Culturas" and in the "Centro Cultural Universitario Tlatelolco", Mexico City.

The commemoration consisted of a series of conferences on the Treaty of Tlatelolco, as well as the remodeling of the commemorative plaque of the 50th Anniversary of the adoption of the Treaty of Tlatelolco, which was unveiled on August 25, 2017, in the Plaza de las Tres Cultures, located in the Tlatelolco neighborhood. The plaque contains the message:

Here in Tlatelolco was signed in 1967 the first international treaty, in a densely populated area, which prohibits nuclear weapons. The 33 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean have demonstrated that the only way to eliminate the problem of nuclear weapons, which are forces that would lead to the destruction of the world, will be the solidarity effort we all undertake to inaugurate, with the driving force of the Hope, a new era in the history of humanity.

The commemoration was organized by the Cuauhtémoc Delegation of Mexico City, Soka Gakkai International - Mexico and the Centro Cultural Universitario Tlatelolco, in coordination with the residents of Tlatelolco.

OPANAL was invited to participate in the event. On April 26, Mr. Jorge Alberto López, Research and Communication Officer of the Agency, presented a conference on the negotiation of the Tlatelolco Treaty and the instrument's contributions to international law.

Moreover, Ms. Fabiola Gil Rodríguez, International Relations Officer of OPANAL, participated in the ceremony to unveil the commemorative plaque of the 50th Anniversary of the Treaty of Tlatelolco, where she addressed a few words to the attendees, in the presence of the Cuauhtémoc Delegate, the Director of Soka Gakkai International - Mexico and neighbors of Tlatelolco.

The Treaty of Tlatelolco established the first Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone in a permanently populated region of the world. The Treaty was opened for signature on February 14, 1967, in the Tlatelolco neighborhood of Mexico City (then headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico). Today, all the 33 States of the region have signed and ratified the Treaty of Tlatelolco. The five nuclear-weapon States (China, France, Russia, the United States, and the United Kingdom), by signing and ratifying Additional Protocol II to the Treaty, undertake to respect the Treaty and not to use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against the States of the region.

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