Policy

Countering weapons proliferation

Supporting detail:

Global Threat Reduction Programme

The Global Threat Reduction Programme (GTRP) is part of our counter-proliferation strategy. It provides the UK’s contribution to the G8’s Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction - a multilateral initiative to prevent terrorists and other proliferators from acquiring WMD.

We are working on GTRP programmes that aim to:

  • improve the security of fissile materials (i.e. plutonium and highly enriched uranium)
  • reduce the number of sites containing nuclear and radiological material
  • reduce the risks in the proliferation of biological expertise and materials
  • prevent terrorists acquiring proliferation-relevant information and expertise

UK GTRP work dealing with the cold war nuclear and radiological legacy in Russia was completed under the Global Partnership in 2012.

Programme management

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is responsible for GTRP policy and oversees the programme. The Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) delivers the nuclear and radiological parts of the programme. The Ministry of Defence (MOD) manages the chemical weapon destruction and biological elements of the programme.

DECC and MOD have in-house teams that oversee day-to-day management of the GTRP portfolio. DECC uses private sector contractors, appointed under international competitive tender in accordance with government and EU procurement rules, to manage the project and associated risks and provide technical assistance. Some work is provided by partners, such as contributions to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Nuclear Security Fund.

We have been widening the geographic scope of this work to concentrate on places where the threats are greatest and where the capacity to deal with them is least developed.

Background

In 2002 the GTRP was established for a 10-year period to focus on countries of the former Soviet Union.

In 2008 the Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction expanded the GTRP’s scope of activities.

At the 2011 Deauville Summit, G8 leaders extended the partnership beyond 2012 and agreed that in addition to the completion of priority projects in Russia, it should also work on:

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