Chemical Weap‍‍‍ons‍‍‍

From World War I to ongoing conflicts in Syria and northern Iraq, chemical weapons remain the most widely proliferated and used weapon of mass destruction.

The Global Partnership Chem‍‍‍ical Security Working Group

Support for the destruction of Russia’s declared Chemical Weapons stockpile was one of the original priorities and rationale for the establishment of the Global Partnership.  

Over the period 2002-2017, many GP members contributed significant financial and technical resources to assist Russia to destroy the world’s largest arsenal of chemical weapons, a massive declared stockpile of 40,000 metric tonnes (80% being lethal nerve agents) stored in millions of munitions, bombs, tanks and bulk containers.  

In September 2017, destruction of CW in Russia was completed, a significant milestone and a tremendous success story for the Global Partnership, that built on past GP support for the elimination of declared CW stockpiles in Libya and Syria‍‍‍

Activities of‍‍‍ the Chemical Security Working Group


CSWG Co-Chairs

Trev‍‍‍or Smith

United States
David Wulf‍‍‍‍‍‍

Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction

The destruction of declared CW stockpiles in Russia, Libya and Syria has not eliminated the global CW threat. Chemical ‍‍‍weapons continue to be used in Syria and Iraq.  

Terrorists and certain states of proliferation concern retain their interest in acquisit‍‍‍ion and use of chemical and other weapons of mass destruction.  

To this end, the GP’s Chemical Security Working Group (CSWG) developed and is implementing a “Strategic Vision” to:

  • mitigate threats posed by chemical weapons
  • enhance chemical security across the globe
  • improve coordination of chemical security programs and activities between and among governmental and non-governmental parties.

Copyright 2017 Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction

  • Chemical Weapons Destruction

  • Chemical Weapons Use (Prevention, Response & Investigation)

  • Strengthening and supporting the enforcement of chemical non-proliferation instruments to prevent the re-emergence of chemical weapons, and supporting the destruction of chemical weapons

  • Promoting chemical security culture globally

  • Fostering collaboration on national, regional, and global security initiatives aimed at preventing and/or responding to the misuse of chemicals.

  • Enhancing the security of chemicals in transit

  • Coordinating and engaging chemical security enhancement programs‍‍‍

Global P‍‍artnership programming efforts are in direct support of the Chemical Weapons Convention ‍‍‍(CWC) and complement the work of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Convention‍‍‍ (OPCW).




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