The World Future Council has recognized Costa Rica for abolishing its military in 1948. The recognition was in conjunction with the U.N. Office of Disarmament.
The organization gave Costa Rica, one of seven finalists, an honorable mention. The top prize went to the Agency for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean. Receiving the award was the former secretary general of the nuclear organization, Gioconda Ubeda, who now is a vice minister in the foreign ministry here.