G8 Leaders Agree to Extend Global Partnership Beyond 2012
At the Deauville Summit on May 26-27, G8 Leaders agreed to extend the Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction beyond its current mandate, which was originally set to expire in 2012.
Coordinator for Threat Reduction Programs and U.S. Representative to the Global Partnership Working Group, Ambassador Bonnie D. Jenkins, said “this agreement reiterates the continued commitment of Global Partnership members to support non-proliferation programs for the future.” Jenkins also noted that “project funding will continue to be based on national decisions, and partners can fund projects independently, jointly, or multilaterally. This effort will be strengthened now, as more countries can take part in coordinating future work.”
The G8 Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction (G8 Global Partnership) was originally a 10-year, $20 billion initiative launched at the G8 Summit in Kananaskis in 2002, with the aim of preventing terrorists from acquiring or developing weapons of mass destruction (WMD). The G8 Global Partnership is a positive model of cooperation for combating global threats, and since its inception, has grown to include 23 Partners and is on track to exceed its original $20 billion goal by 2012.
The full text of the statement extending the Global Partnership can be found in paragraph 78 of the Deauville Summit Declaration, located at the following link: (http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/uploads/deauville_declaration_final_-_eng_8h.pdf).