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

Feature Articles

This page will be regularly updated with Feature Articles prepared and submitted by GP Member States and Partner Organizations

Global Partnership Feature Articles

To advance the Global Partnership priority of “strengthening global mechanisms and capabilities to respond to the deliberate use of biological agents”, GP partners are supporting the Implementation Support Unit of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC) to enhance Article VII of the BTWC through the development of an International Bio-Emergency Management Framework for Deliberate Events.

 

The Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) has proven to be one of the world's most successful arms treaties in history, with near universal accession. With the planned target for destruction of all declared chemical weapons quickly approaching in 2023, the OPCW is looking to build new capabilities in order to remain fit-for-purpose. Read more about the OPCW’s new ground-breaking Chem-Tech Center and priorities for the future.

 

With support from and in collaboration with the Global Partnership, INTERPOL’s Chemical and Explosive Terrorism (CMX) Prevention Unit is working to prevent terrorists and criminals from acquiring, diverting, smuggling and using chemical warfare agents, toxic industrial chemicals and explosive precursor chemicals. In this feature article, INTERPOL outlines two important initiatives: Watchmaker (a global platform to identify and track individuals involved in chemical and explosives crimes) and the Global Congress on Chemical Security and Emerging Threats.

 

INTERPOL's Radiological and Nuclear Terrorism Prevention Unit (RNTPU) strives to support the development of an informed, capable, and globally connected law enforcement community that is able to counter and investigate radioactive material criminality from malicious non-state actors. In this Feature Article, learn how the RNTPU uses intelligence sharing, investigative support to national law enforcement and the delivery of capacity-building training to member countries to build global law enforcement nuclear incident response readiness in a rapidly changing radiological and nuclear security architecture.

 

Lars van Dassen, Executive Director of WINS and long-time GP contributor as a former member of Sweden’s Nuclear Regulator, shares his perspective on the Global Partnership in this feature article ~ Personal Reflections on the Life and Times of a Very Unusual, but Important, Political Institution for Security.

 

With support from the Global Partnership, the World Customs Organization (WCO) is assisting countries around the world to develop, adopt and apply strategic trade controls (STC) to manage the transfer of sensitive materials, technology or equipment that might be used to produce weapons of mass destruction. In this feature article, learn more about the WCO's approach to STC capacity building and how that has been adapted in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

In support of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540 (2004), the Global Partnership is committed to supporting countries around the world to adopt legislation to prevent CBRN proliferation and establish appropriate domestic controls to prevent illicit trafficking. In this feature article by Dr. Richard Cupitt (Senior Fellow and Director at the Stimson Center), read about an innovative “1540 Assistance Support Initiative Database” that aims to better connect assistance-seekers with assistance-providers, as well as the persisting challenges in coordinating non-proliferation capacity building efforts.

 

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), a contributor to the Global Partnership since 2010 has long held biosecurity at the core of its work. In this feature article, learn more about biosecurity in the animal health world, as well as the OIE’s work as it relates to ASF, a highly contagious deadly haemorrhagic viral disease causing nearly 100% mortality in pigs, where a recent outbreak has been reported in the Dominican Republic.

 

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), a contributor to the Global Partnership since 2010 has long held biosecurity at the core of its work. In this feature article, learn more about biosecurity in the animal health world, as well as the OIE's work as it relates to ASF, a highly contagious deadly haemorrhagic viral disease causing nearly 100% mortality in pigs, where a recent outbreak has been reported in the Dominican Republic.