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

Why We Work

Terrorist use of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) is one of the gravest threats to international peace and security. The Global Partnership works to mitigate these threats.

The Global Threat

The international community continues to face serious challenges, regionally and globally, from chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) weapons and related materials.

Whether it be North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs, the repeated use of chemical weapons in Syria by the Syrian Armed Forces and ISIL/Daesh, or the very real prospect of disease being used as a biological weapon by certain states or terrorist groups, weapons of mass destruction pose significant threats to international peace and stability.

The Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction was created to address and mitigate these threats.  Nearly two decades since its establishment at the 2002 Kananaskis Summit, the G7-led Global Partnership (GP) has proven itself to be the primary international WMD threat reduction mechanism.

Thanks to the contributions of participating members, the Global Partnership continues to make tangible contributions to international security through specific cooperation projects to prevent the proliferation of CBRN weapons and related materials.

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

How we do it

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

Why We Work

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

Principles and Guidelines

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The Global Partnership delivered impactful and measurable results in all the key priority areas identified in 2002 at Kananaskis, including the destruction of chemical weapons, dismantlement of decommissioned nuclear submarines, the disposition of fissile materials and the redirection of former weapons scientists in Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union.

In accordance with the global threat reduction mandate adopted in 2008, the GP now works in all parts of the world to prevent terrorists, or those that harbour them, from acquiring or developing chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons.

To this end, cooperative project activities focus on: securing and destroying dangerous CBRN materials; protecting and/or enhancing vulnerable physical infrastructure; strengthening global networks and supporting international initiatives such as the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) process and the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA); and building partner capacity to meet international obligations set out in UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1540 against WMD proliferation.