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

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The G8 Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction is a security initiative announced at the 2002 G8 summit. It entails a pledge by G8 members to commit US$ 20 billion, over a ten-year period, towards the elimination and security of some weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) in Russia and former soviet states.[1][2] The agreement was initiated against the backdrop of the September 11 attacks and specifically aimed to deny terrorists access to WMDs.[3] Some of the stated priorities include: destroying stockpiles of chemical weapons, dismantling decommissioned nuclear submarines, safeguarding/disposing fissile material as well as employing former weapons scientists.[4] The initiative was extended in 2011.[5] Now it has 27 members after Hungary joined in December, 2013.[6]

References

  1. ^ The New York Times (2008) RUSSIA/US: Global partnership Retrieved 2 September 2012
  2. ^ Nuclear Threat Initiative. Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction ("10 Plus 10 Over 10 Program") Retrieved 2 September 2012
  3. ^ Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. The Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction Retrieved 2 September 2012
  4. ^ Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. Report on the G8 global partnership Retrieved 2 September 2012
  5. ^ U.S. Department of State (2012) G8 Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction Retrieved 2 September 2012
  6. ^ Hungary has become the 27th member of the partnership
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