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G-8 Global Partnership


Fact Sheet
Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation
November 22, 2011

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The G-8 Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction (G-8 Global Partnership) is a 10-year, $20 billion initiative launched at the G-8 Summit in Kananaskis in 2002, with the aim of preventing terrorists from acquiring or developing weapons of mass destruction (WMD). The G-8 Global Partnership is a positive model of cooperation for combating global threats.

Since its inception, the G-8 Global Partnership has grown to include 23 Partners, and is on track to exceed its original $20 billion goal by 2012, allocating more than $19 billion in Russia and the Former Soviet Union and $21 billion worldwide to date.

Achievements Include: 

  • Augmented accounting, control, and physical protection of nuclear and radiological materials
  • Enhanced nuclear, biological, and chemical security and safety
  • Destroyed over 20,000 tons of chemical weapons
  • Dismantled nuclear submarines and safe storage of removed spent fuel
  • Improved detection of nuclear and radiological materials and prevented illicit trafficking by strengthening border security capabilities
  • Engaged scientists, technicians, and engineers with WMD and missile expertise to redirect their efforts toward peaceful purposes
  • Provided comprehensive training on nuclear safeguards and security

At the 2011 G-8 Summit in Deauville, Leaders agreed to extend the Partnership beyond 2012, based on the areas of focus enunciated at the 2010 G-8 Summit in Muskoka. As Chair of the Global Partnership in 2012, the United States has identified three areas of focus for 2012, specifically

(1) improved coordination of GP work;
(2) expansion to new partners; and
(3) improved clarity on funding.

As a way to promote these goals, countries should come prepared to the January Global Partnership Working Group (GPWG) meeting to discuss projects and areas of interest to improve coordination and to agree on a list of countries to engage for possible GP membership. Relevant international organizations will take part in these discussions to work together on nonproliferation activities. Partners should also assist each other in showing the value of the Global Partnership to Parliaments for the continued funding of these projects.

The United States seeks to provide up to $10 billion in continued funding during the period of 2012-2022 for threat reduction efforts, subject to annual Congressional appropriations.

For more information, please contact Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins at ISN-TR-DL@State.gov.



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