Global Partnership Program
The risk that terrorist groups or states of proliferation concern might acquire weapons of mass destruction (WMD) or related materials represents a major challenge to Canadian and global security. In recognition of this threat, the G8 launched the Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction under Canada's leadership at the 2002 Kananaskis Summit. Initially established for a ten-year period with a focus on countries of the former Soviet Union, the Partnership expanded its scope of activities globally in 2008. At the 2011 Deauville Summit, G8 Leaders extended the Partnership beyond 2012. The Partnership now encompasses 24 members.
Canada's Global Partnership Program
Established in 2002, Canada’s Global Partnership Program has supported the Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction with concrete projects to prevent WMD proliferation and terrorism. By reducing the threat posed by nuclear, radiological, biological or chemical terrorism, the Global Partnership Program has had a tangible positive impact on Canadian and global security.
Renewing Canada's Commitment
At the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, South Korea, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced a renewed commitment of $367 million through Canada’s Global Partnership Program over five years (2013-2018), building on past initiatives to enhance global WMD security. The Program will continue to expand its activities worldwide, implementing projects in the Americas, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East in the four areas that were identified as priorities by G8 Leaders at the 2010 Muskoka Summit and reiterated at the 2011 Deauville Summit:
- Nuclear and radiological security
- Biological security
- Scientist engagement (i.e. preventing WMD knowledge proliferation)
- Support for the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540
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