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G8 Global Partnership in 2013

United States views on international law [1] in relation to G8 Global Partnership: On January 31, 2013, Ambassador Jenkins, U.S. Special Envoy and Coordinator for Threat Reduction Programs at the Department of State, addressed the 24th UN Conference on Disarmament. Her remarks are available in full at (Secretary of State website) state.gov/t/isn/rls/rm/2013/203779.htm. Excerpts below relate to the G8 Global Partnership. Other excerpts from Ambassador Jenkins' remarks appear in sections B.4 in this world legal Encyclopedia and D. in this world legal Encyclopedia.

Some Aspects of G8 Global Partnership

The Global Partnership was established by the G8 in 2002 as a 10-year, $20 billion initiative to prevent terrorists, or states that support them, from acquiring or developing weapons of mass destruction. While it was established within the G8 structure, the GP has grown over the years, and now has 25 members.


To date, the Global Partnership has spent over $21 billion towards preventing terrorists from acquiring or developing weapons of mass destruction. The Global Partnership has been a positive model of cooperation and coordination in efforts to combat these threats.


For those first 10 years, the majority of work within the Global Partnership was focused on dismantling nuclear submarines and chemical weapons in Russia, though funding also went to some other activities and programs within Russia and the former Soviet Union.


The Global Partnership has:

Improved accounting, control, and physical protection of nuclear and radiological materials;


Enhanced nuclear, biological, and chemical security;

Dismantled nuclear submarines and safe storage of removed spent fuel;

Improved detection of nuclear and radiological materials and prevented illicit trafficking by improving border security capabilities;

G8 Global Partnership in 2013 (Continuation)

United States views on international law [1] in relation to G8 Global Partnership: Engaged and redirected to peaceful purposes scientists, technicians, and engineers who have WMD, missile, and related expertise; and

Provided enhanced training on nuclear safeguards and security.

More about G8 Global Partnership

However, as the Global Partnership neared its 10 year conclusion in 2012, the partners began to realize that the programs and activities of the initiative had to evolve to reflect changes in the threat of WMD terrorism that faced the world. The threat of WMD terrorism does not originate from any one region but it is a global threat; the threat is not limited to nuclear submarines and chemical weapons, and more nations need to play a role in the work to reduce the threat. With this in mind, the Global Partnership worked towards extending the mandate of the Global Partnership beyond 2012 and to be much more global in its activities and in its spirit.


In the G8 Global Partnership Assessment and Options for Future Programming document of 2011, the GP noted some activities it could engage in the area of nuclear and radiological security under an extended mandate beyond 2012. Those areas include the following:

Projects related to the 4 year effort to secure all vulnerable nuclear material; Physical protection of nuclear material and facilities in use, storage and transport; Provision of radiation detection equipment and training at land borders and ports to prevent illicit trafficking; Improvement of countries' capacities in nuclear security and detection and prevention of nuclear smuggling; Protection or removal of radiological sources and implementation of the IAEA Code of Conduct; Capacity building to either establish or enhance efficiency of national export control systems, including missile technology transfers; and Support of implementation, on a voluntary basis, of the political commitments made at the 2010 Nuclear Security Summit and those reflected in the Nuclear Security Summit Communiqué and Work Plan.”


The GP could also focus on priorities established at the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit and look for areas where the GP can help to facilitate progress and encourage program implementation toward those priorities.


The GP recognized the links between its mission and the Nuclear Security Summit process, which aims to enhance the physical protection of nuclear materials and strengthen capacities to prevent illicit trafficking. For example, the Global Partnership is already a critical mechanism for implementing the political commitments arising from the Summits.

G8 Global Partnership

In relation to the international law practice and g8 global partnership in this world legal Encyclopedia, please see the following section:

Arms Control, Disarmament, and Nonproliferation

Note: there is detailed information and resources under these topics during the year 2013, covered by this entry on g8 global partnership in this law Encyclopedia.



  1. G8 Global Partnership in the Digest of United States Practice in International Law



  1. G8 Global Partnership in the Digest of United States Practice in International Law

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