This programme aims to contribute towards delivering the objectives they set out. It does this by improving international implementation of obligations set out in major treaties, conventions and regimes to counter the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and the illicit transfer of conventional weapons. A significant part of this will be assisting countries, especially those eligible for Overseas Development Assistance, to:
take steps to sign, ratify or join the counter proliferation treaties and regimes
develop national legislation to give legal effect to the obligations in those treaties and regimes
develop the capacity to implement those obligations
The programme also seeks to support the international treaties, regimes and organisations which provide important support to international counter-proliferation efforts.
Three broad themes for next year’s programme, explained in the Programme Strategy, aim to ensure:
counter-proliferation norms and treaties work effectively and uphold, preserve and strengthen the Rules Based International System
increased adherence to international security regimes and treaties; to promote UK values, influence and soft power to address shared proliferation challenges
control of access to materials and knowledge globally to make it as hard as possible for countries or terrorists to develop capabilities
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the UK Counter Proliferation Programme work for 2020 to 2021 is suspended.
The UK government’s priority ensures the wellbeing, health and safety of all our suppliers, implementers and staff. Only in exceptional circumstances will we approach specific implementers to carry out programme work critical to meeting urgent counter proliferation and national security objectives.
A further update will be announced soon for the bidding process starting next year, 1 April 2021.
We encourage you to discuss project ideas with the relevant policy leads in the Counter Proliferation and Arms Control Centre (CPACC) before submitting bids. To find out who the relevant policy lead is, or for any other questions, email CounterProliferation.Programme@fco.gov.uk.