On March 27, 2012, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced a renewed commitment of $367 million over five years (2013-2018) to Canada’s Global Partnership Program (GPP). This demonstrates Canada’s continued leadership and commitment to strengthening global security by combatting the threat of nuclear, radiological, biological, and chemical terrorism. The renewed investment will allow Canada’s GPP to continue investing in projects worldwide that have a tangible, positive impact on Canadian and global security.
Established in 2002 and managed by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, the GPP is the main mechanism through which Canada supports international efforts to enhance nuclear security and combat weapons of mass destruction (WMD) proliferation and nuclear terrorism. This work supports Canada’s participation in the 24-member Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction, a collaborative international initiative that was formed at the 2002 G-8 Summit in Kananaskis, Alberta, to address the proliferation and terrorist use of weapons and materials of mass destruction through concrete projects.
Since 2002, Canada’s Global Partnership Program has invested more than $820 million on programming related to nuclear security, chemical weapons destruction, biological security and safety, nuclear submarine dismantlement and WMD scientist engagement. Past successes include:
Future WMD threat reduction programming will be implemented across the Americas, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia with a focus on four priority areas identified by G-8 Leaders at the Summits in Muskoka (2010) and Deauville (2011):
GPP programming will continue to support Canada’s broader non-proliferation and counter-terrorism objectives, including its obligations within various treaties (Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Chemical Weapons Convention, Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention), international organizations (International Atomic Energy Agency, World Health Organization), and multilateral initiatives (Proliferation Security Initiative, Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism). It will also support peaceful uses of nuclear and biological technologies worldwide by mitigating associated security risks.