Principles & Guidelines

The Global Partnership, an international forum for coordination and delivery of programming to prevent CBRN terrorism and proliferation, follows a set of Principles and Guidelines that were established at the 2002 Kananaskis Summit.

The Global Partnership operates based on the following six core principles:

  1. Promote the adoption, universalization, full implementation and, where necessary, strengthening of multilateral treaties and other international instruments whose aim is to prevent the proliferation or illicit acquisition of such items; strengthen the institutions designed to implement these instruments.
  2. Develop and maintain appropriate effective measures to account for and secure such items in production, use, storage and domestic and international transport; provide assistance to states lacking sufficient resources to account for and secure these items.

  3. Develop and maintain appropriate effective physical protection measures applied to facilities which house such items, including defence in depth; provide assistance to states lacking sufficient resources to protect their facilities.

  4. Develop and maintain effective border controls, law enforcement efforts and international cooperation to detect, deter and interdict in cases of illicit trafficking in such items, for example through installation of detection systems, training of customs and law enforcement personnel and cooperation in tracking these items; provide assistance to states lacking sufficient expertise or resources to strengthen their capacity to detect, deter and interdict in cases of illicit trafficking in these items.

  5. Develop, review and maintain effective national export and transshipment controls over items on multilateral export control lists, as well as items that are not identified on such lists but which may nevertheless contribute to the development, production or use of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and missiles, with particular consideration of end-user, catch-all and brokering aspects; provide assistance to states lacking the legal and regulatory infrastructure, implementation experience and/or resources to develop their export and transshipment control systems in this regard.

  6. Adopt and strengthen efforts to manage and dispose of stocks of fissile materials designated as no longer required for defence purposes, eliminate all chemical weapons, and minimize holdings of dangerous biological pathogens and toxins, based on the recognition that the threat of terrorist acquisition is reduced as the overall quantity of such items is reduced.


    The Global Partnership convenes twice annually as the Global Partnership Working Group (GPWG)

    How We Work

    Terrorist use of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) is one of the gravest threats to international peace and security

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    The Global Partnership is an international forum for coordination of projects to prevent CBRN terrorism and proliferation

    Principles and Guidelines

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    Global Partnership Principles

    Global Partnership Guidelines

    The Global Partnership utilizes the following set of nine guidelines for New or Expanded Cooperation Projects. Cooperation projects under this initiative will be decided and implemented, taking into account international obligations and domestic laws of participating partners, within the appropriate bilateral and multilateral legal frameworks that should, as necessary, include the following elements:

    • Mutually agreed effective monitoring, auditing and transparency measures and procedures will be required in order to ensure that cooperative activities meet agreed objectives (including irreversibility as necessary), to confirm work performance, to account for the funds expended and to provide for adequate access for donor representatives to work sites;
    • The projects will be implemented in an environmentally sound manner and will maintain the highest appropriate level of safety;
    • Clearly defined milestones will be developed for each project, including the option of suspending or terminating a project if the milestones are not met;
    • The material, equipment, technology, services and expertise provided will be solely for peaceful purposes and, unless otherwise agreed, will be used only for the purposes of implementing the projects and will not be transferred. Adequate measures of physical protection will also be applied to prevent theft or sabotage;
    • All governments will take necessary steps to ensure that the support provided will be considered free technical assistance and will be exempt from taxes, duties, levies and other charges;
    • Procurement of goods and services will be conducted in accordance with open international practices to the extent possible, consistent with national security requirements;
    • All governments will take necessary steps to ensure that adequate liability protections from claims related to the cooperation will be provided for donor countries and their personnel and contractors;  
    • Appropriate privileges and immunities will be provided for government donor representatives working on cooperation projects; and
    • Measures will be put in place to ensure effective protection of sensitive information and intellectual property.