The virtual seminar on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons has begun
The international seminar on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons organised by the Human Security in Latin America and the Caribbean Network (SEHLAC) with the support of the International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) began on December 20.
The event began at 13.00 in Buenos Aires and 10.00 in Mexico. Professor Julián Gadano (Argentina) opened the seminar followed by María Antonieta Socorro Jáquez Huacuja (Mexico).
This first session was opened with high expectations. Almost 80 participants had registered and 33 people attended the event live.
Professor Gadano opened the session with a brief but substantial explanation of nuclear energy and its uses in order to provide some context. He laid out the central concepts related to nuclear disarmament and discussed in depth the historical international processes undertaken since the middle of the 20th century. The diplomat Jáquez Huacuja then expanded on the role of Latin America in nuclear disarmament, putting special emphasis on the structure of the Tlatelolco treaty and the significance of this instrument in both the regional and international context.
Each lecture was followed by a debate to enable virtual participants to ask questions and generate fruitful interaction, thus resolving any doubts or concerns resulting from the complexity of the topic.
The recordings of the video conference will be available on the seminar’s virtual campus and will later be uploaded to Sehlac’s YouTube channel.
The seminar takes place in the context of the campaign for the prohibition and elimination of the nuclear arsenals that have been amassed by several nations. From the standpoint of a civil society organisation, we believe that in order to take concrete steps forward, it is vital to maintain as many open forums as possible. The main objective of this seminar is to provide significant information on the most relevant aspects of nuclear disarmament from a theoretical and conceptual perspective but, above all, with an emphasis on the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons level with the new debate going on in the international sphere.