Treaty of Tlatelolco wins top UNODA disarmament award

The Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean, also called the Treaty of Tlatelolco, won the 2013 sustainable disarmament Future Policy Award, the U.N. announced on Wednesday.

The treaty beat out 24 other nominated policies for the prize. The U.N. Office for Disarmament Affairs, the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the World Future Council presented the prize on Wednesday at the U.N. Headquarters in New York.

The Treaty of Tlatelolco won the award for its invaluable contribution to advancing regional security and peace, in addition to creating the precedent for future nuclear weapon free zones. The treaty established the first NWFZ in a highly populated area.

"(The treaty) provides profitable lessons for all states wishing to contribute to the broadening of the areas of the world from which those terrible instruments of mass destruction that are nuclear weapons would be forever proscribed," Alfonso Garcia Robles, one of the treaty's creators, said.

Silver awards were presented to New Zealand's Nuclear Free Zone, Arms Control, And Disarmament Act and Argentina's National Programme for the Voluntary Surrender of Firearms. Four additional disarmament policies from South Africa/Mozambique, Mongolia, Costa Rica and Belgium received honorable mentions.

"This year's Future Policy Award underscores how progress in disarmament-especially nuclear disarmament-can deliver global benefits for sustainable development," Angela Kane, the U.N. high representative for disarmament affairs, said. "While the honored recipients will receive special recognition, the real winners are the citizens of our common planet. I hope the award will inspire new progress in this field. When disarmament moves forward, the world moves forward."