Alfonso García Robles Biography
Birthday: March 20, 1911 (Pisces)
Born In: Zamora
Alfonso García Robles was a Mexican diplomat who was the driving force behind the Treaty of Tlatelolco, for which he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, in 1982, which he shared with Sweden's Alva Myrdal. A qualified lawyer, he was trained at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), the Institute of Higher International Studies in Paris, France, and also held a diploma from the Academy of International Law in the Hague. He eventually entered Mexico’s Foreign Service and was a delegate to the 1945 San Francisco Conference, at which the United Nations (UN) was founded. He subsequently worked in the UN Secretariat for several years. Over the course of his long and illustrious career, he held several high profile diplomatic posts including those of Ambassador to Brazil and State Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In the late 1950s he was the director general in the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in this post he played a major role at the Law of the Sea conferences. After serving for a few years as his country's representative to the United Nations, he was appointed as the foreign minister. Eventually he became the Permanent Representative of Mexico to the Committee on Disarmament of the UN which has its headquarters in Geneva.