The Role of NWFZs and the TPNW Towards Global Nuclear Weapon Elimination

October 18, 2023

Nobel Peace Laureate and former Mexican Foreign Minister, Ambassador Alfonso Garcia Robles described nuclear-weapon-free zones (NWFZs) as a “zonal approach (that) would contribute to global nuclear weapon elimination by gradually shrinking the areas for which nuclear weapons were seen as a legitimate part of national or regional security.” Ambassador Alfonso Garcia Robles is considered one of the founders of the first NWFZ – the Treaty of Tlatelolco, covering the entire Latin America and Caribbean region. Since then, four additional NWFZs covering the Southern Hemisphere and key regions in the North have been enacted. The 2017 Treaty on the Prohibiting of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) is anchored to Garcia Robles’ vision and already represents a global norm against nuclear weapons.

Ms. Tonie Jáquez has long been associated with the Tlatelolco Treaty and played a key role in the humanitarian consequences of the nuclear weapons movement and the negotiations of the TPNW. As a senior Mexican diplomat and highly experienced multilateral negotiator, Ms. Tonie Jáquez shares perspectives on the importance of NWFZs and the TPNW toward the global elimination of nuclear weapons.

Speaker: María Antonieta Jáquez Huacuja, Deputy General Director for Disarmament, Non-Proliferation, and Arms Control, Mexican Secretariat of Foreign Affairs.

Moderator: Dr. William Potter, Director, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, and Sam Nunn and Richard Lugar Professor of Nonproliferation Studies, Middlebury Institute of International Studies.

Event Date: October 10, 2023

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