BANGKOK, Oct. 18, 2017 - A conference on the importance of 26 September as the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, designated by the UN in 2013, was held today at the University of Thammasat. The Conference, presented by the Cuban Ambassador to Thailand Héctor Conde Almeida, was attended by the Rector of the University, Professor Dr. Somkit Lertpaithoon, directors and professors of the prestigious institution, as well as Thai students and the University’s academic exchange program from Europe, USA and Japan.
The event highlighted the urgent need to achieve this priority objective of the work of the United Nations, its background; the importance of the adoption by the General Assembly, 7/7/2017, of the "Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons"; as well as the relevance of the commemoration in 2017 of the 50th Anniversary of the precursor "Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean" (Treaty of Tlatelolco).
The meeting paid tribute to the work of Commander-in-Chief Dr. Fidel Castro Ruz on nuclear disarmament and the struggle for world peace, as part of the well-deserved tribute and memory of his legacy and the validity of his ideas in international politics. The young students of Political Science shared with the Ambassador their questions and concerns, in a pleasant exchange that allowed them to broaden their knowledge on the thinking of the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution.
The University of Thammasat (officially called the University of Moral and Political Sciences) is Thailand's second oldest university and one of the most prestigious universities in the country. Founded on 27/6/1934, by Pridi Bhanomyong, it offers studies in Political Science, Law, Commerce, Accounting and Economics, among others. This university was the center of the Thai resistance during the occupation by Japan in World War II. Pridi Bhanomyong was a key historical figure of the Siamese Revolution of 1932, which transformed the Kingdom of Thailand from Absolute Monarchy to Constitutional Monarchy.