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On February 24–27, the Spanish version of the exhibition “Everything You Treasure—For a World Free From Nuclear Weapons,” (EYT) created by SGI and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), was shown at the Mexican Senate building in Mexico City. The exhibition marked the 48th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Tlatelolco on February 14, 1967, which created the Latin America and Caribbean Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone.
Co-organized by the Senate of Mexico Commission on Foreign Affairs and SGI-Mexico (SGMEX), the showing was supported by the Agency for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean (OPANAL).
The opening ceremony was attended by some 150 people including Chair of the Commission on Foreign Affairs of Mexico, Senator Gabriela Cuevas Barron, Secretary of Foreign Affairs José Antonio Meade Kuribreña, OPANAL Council President Ambassador Patricio Lopez Araujo, OPANAL Secretary-General Luiz Filipe de Macedo Soares and SGI-Mexico General Director Roberto Ríos. Ambassadors to Mexico from several countries including Haiti, New Zealand and Uruguay also attended.
SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a message in which he highlighted that concern about the devastating impact of nuclear weapons is a point of common ground between abolitionists and the nuclear-weapons states persistent view that deterrence must be maintained and also a point of departure for shared action toward a nuclear-weapon-free world.
related article Faith Communities Unite Against Nuclear Weapons at ICAN Civil Society Forum; Issue Joint Statement Prior to the holding of the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons from December 8-9 at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) held a Civil Society Forum (CSF) from December 6-7 at the Aula der Wissenchaften. The CSF was attended by more than 600 people from 70 countries representing 100 organizations. In her speech at the opening ceremony, Senator Cuevas stated that now is the time to redetermine to abolish nuclear weapons and construct an international system that guarantees the well-being of humanity. OPANAL Secretary-General Luiz Filipe de Macedo Soares stated that while the Treaty of Tlatelolco established a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone in Latin American and the Caribbean, the whole world should in fact be free of nuclear weapons. “Like chemical and biological weapons, nuclear weapons,” he said, “are weapons of mass destruction and should be banned under international law.”
The EYT exhibition posits that nuclear weapons are a continuing and direct threat to all that we, collectively and individually, treasure and that they impact us in ways ranging from humanitarian, environmental and economic to medical, generational and spiritual. After viewing the exhibition, Senator Cuevas commented that it clearly showed the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons use.
[Adapted from an article in the February 28, 2015, Seikyo Shimbun and reports from SGI-Mexico (SGMEX); photos courtesy of SGMEX]
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