Mexico Antinuclear Exhibition

To commemorate the 44th Anniversary of the
Treaty of Tlatelolco, signed on February 14, 1967, the SGI antinuclear weapons exhibition
“From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit” was
shown at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Mexico City from February 11-17, 2011. The treaty of Tlatelolco established the world’s
first nuclear-weapon-free zone involving 33 countries across Latin America and the Caribbean. Before the exhibition’s opening ceremony,
OPANAL, the Agency for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean,
convened a Special Session of its council, attended by representatives of many of the
countries that endorsed the treaty. Councilor Alejandro Rogers Tardel, President
of the OPANAL Council, chaired the special session. Under Secretary Ambassador Lourdes Aranda
Bezaury of the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterated Mexico’s commitment to
nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation. She called on the group of over 100 countries
who make up the five existing nuclear-weapon-free zones to use their negotiating potential toward
the goal of a world free of nuclear weapons. She described the Treaty of Tlatelolco as
a milestone toward that goal. OPANAL Secretary General Ambassador Gioconda
Ubeda Rivera stressed the importance of coordination with other nuclear-weapon-free zones. Councilor Marcelo Marotta Viegas, of the Brazilian
Embassy, stated that the Latin American and Caribbean region was the first to try to halt
the arms race and had, by establishing a commitment to nuclear disarmament through the Treaty
of Tlatelolco, inspired other regions to follow suit. SGI-Mexico General Director Roberto Ríos
Ramírez read a message written for the occasion from SGI President Daisaku Ikeda. In the message, Mr. Ikeda stated that while
many people have given up on the possibility of the abolition of nuclear weapons, dialogue
can ignite hope and draw forth, on a global scale, the creative capacity of individuals
to realize a world free of nuclear weapons. After the special session of the OPANAL Council,
the exhibition “From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human
Spirit” was opened. The exhibition depicts nuclear weapons as
being at the top of the pyramid of violence and emphasizes that the fundamental solution
to the nuclear weapons issue, as well as a transformation from arms-based security to
human security, needs to be a change in the human heart.

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