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Countering weapons proliferation is one of the government’s top priorities. It features prominently in the National Security Strategy and the Strategic Defence and Security Review, and is at the heart of one of the FCO’s priorities: to “safeguard the UK’s national security by countering terrorism, weapons proliferation and working to reduce conflict.”
This programme is aimed at assisting states on the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list of Official Development Assistance (ODA) recipients to improve their Weapons and Arms Management (WAM) processes, including through the destruction of surplus and seized illicit small arms and light weapons (SALW) and ammunition. It prioritises states that have amassed large stockpiles due to conflict, cross-border insecurity and the prevalence of non-state armed groups.