Global Partnership Outreach Efforts to International Organizations
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) (www.iaea.org)
The IAEA and the Global Partnership share a common interest in the safe, secure and peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology. One of the key principles of the 2002 Kananaskis agreement that launched the Global Partnership is to “maintain effective physical protection measures and provide assistance to states lacking sufficient resources to protect their facilities.” In support of that goal GP members donated over $30 million in 2011 to the Nuclear Security Fund and will continue to support the IAEA Nuclear Security Plan. Future IAEA-Global Partnership cooperation can focus on the protection or removal of radiological sources and implementation of the IAEA Code of Conduct.
Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) (www.opcw.org)
The OPCW and the Global Partnership have a common interest in permanently ending the threat posed by chemical weapons. GP members have made an important contribution to the construction of three chemical weapons destruction facilities in the Russian Federation. With destruction facilities coming online soon, the Global Partnership welcomes the opportunity to work with the OPCW keep its deadlines, promote universality of the convention, and address future chemical weapons challenges should they emerge.
BWC Implementation Support Unit (BWC-ISU) (www.unog.ch/bwc)
The Global Partnership is committed to the promotion of bio-security and bio-safety. Over $1 billion of GP commitments have focused on strengthening in-country capabilities, combating infectious diseases, and redirecting former weapon scientists to sustainable and peaceful sciences. GP members have collaborated with groups such as the World Organisation for Animal Health, the World Health Organization, and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations to better detect, prevent, and respond to biological risk. In the future, the GP and BWC-ISU could work together through collaborating on technical assistance programs, strengthening national and global networks, and supporting efforts to reinforce and universalize BTWC regime.
INTERPOL and the Global Partnership are allies in efforts to combat transnational crime and terrorism, especially when terrorists make use of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives (CBRNe). As terrorist groups work to acquire these materials, the Global Partnership remains ready to support efforts to detect and respond to international crime, strengthen law enforcement capability, and reduce the risk that dangerous materials become available to trafficking operations around the world.
UN 1540 Committee (www.un.org/sc/1540/)
As the Global Partnership looks to the future, it welcomes opportunities to work collectively to implement WMD non-proliferation obligations under UN Security Council Resolution 1540, including preventing WMD and related materials from getting into the hands of non-state actors such as terrorists. By providing equipment, expertise and training, GP partners enhance WMD non-proliferation and counter-terrorism capacities in countries seeking to meet 1540 obligations and lacking the ability to do so, upon their request.
Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) (www.fao.org)
Global Partnership members are concerned about the potential for terrorists to deliberately contaminate foods. The Global Partnership remains ready to help strengthen preventive measures along the entire food chain and to support international efforts to reduce or eliminate chemical and biological weapons or toxic chemicals and microbiological pathogens that can be used to contaminate food supplies.
World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) (www.oie.int)
The Global Partnership is committed to the promotion of bio-security and bio-safety. International efforts to better detect, prevent, and respond to biological risk – especially the growing number of pathogens with animal origins – will be essential to future security and global health. Within the GP agenda, the United Kingdom supported the OIE Twinning Program and in the Evaluation of Performance of Veterinary Services. There is a critical need to strengthen laboratory capacity and global networks for accurate and rapid diagnosis of pathogens. In collaboration with the World Health Organization and the and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the Global Partnership can work with OIE through financial and technical assistance to thwart bioterrorism.
World Health Organization (WHO) (www.who.int)
The Global Partnership shares the WHO mission to promote bio-security and bio-safety around the world. International efforts to better detect, prevent, and respond to biological risk will be essential to future security and global health. Within the GP agenda, the United Kingdom helped fund the International Health Response. Similarly, the European Union supported WHO activities in the area of laboratory bio-safety and bio-security. The Global Partnership and WHO should seek greater collaborate through financial and technical assistance programs to enhance laboratory capacity and reduce access to hazardous agents.
The Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF) (www.un.org/en/terrorism/ctitf)
The Global Partnership and CTITF are allies in the fight to prevent terrorist from acquiring and using chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) materials. GP members promote programs that increase border management and security, strengthen United Nations capability to prevent and respond to acts of CBRN terrorism, and reduce access to these materials. The Global Partnership stands ready to continue and enhance these efforts through future coordination and cooperation with CTITF.
World Customs Organization (WCO) (www.wcoomd.org)
The Global Partnership recognizes the link between a state’s vulnerability to illicit trafficking of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) materials and its capacity to manage these risks through customs enforcement. In particular, the GP could help support WCO existing programs to raise awareness about these threats, disseminating training material and assistance, coordinate customs agencies internationally, establishing information exchanges, and securing the international supply chain.
The United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) (www.un.org/disarmament)
UNODA and the Global Partnership share a common goal in promoting a full spectrum of WMD disarmament and nonproliferation efforts. The GP is ready to support and enhance the activities of UNODA on the elimination of nuclear weapons and other weapons and materials of mass destruction.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) (www.unodc.org/)
UNODC and the Global Partnership each seek to reduce the risk of WMD terrorism by enhancing the capacity of states for international cooperation. The UNODC provides assistance to countries in ratifying and implementing the international legal instruments against drugs, crime and terrorism, where the UN Security Council Resolution 1540 could be an effective mechanism. The GP is ready to coordinate in the future with the UNODC on managing these challenges.