The Philippines became the 26th member of the Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction (GP), which facilitates the implementation of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540 that concerns the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.
The GP is a subsidiary body of the G8, which includes eight of the world’s 11 richest economies such as Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, United Kingdom, United States and the European Union.
Not included are Brazil, India and China.
As a body under the G8, the GP addresses “nuclear and radiological security, biosecurity, chemical security and scientist engagement.” It also facilitates the implementation of the UN Security Council 1540 on the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction through cooperative projects.
“The Philippines’ membership marks an important expansion of Southeast Asian representation in the GP,” the US Embassy in Manila said as it congratulated GP’s current chair, the United Kingdom, for welcoming the Philippines as the newest member.
The Global Partnership began at the 2002 Kananaskis G8 Summit as a 10-year, $20 billion initiative to prevent terrorists or states that support them from acquiring or developing weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
Since then, the Global Partnership has grown to include 26 members and has allocated more than $21 billion worldwide to enhance WMD security to include locking down vulnerable weapons and materials, destroying Russian nuclear submarines and chemical weapons, export controls and engaging with scientists and other technical experts with knowledge and experience dealing with these items.
At the 2011 G8 Summit in Deauville, leaders agreed to extend the GP beyond 2012 and to make it truly global.
“The membership of the Philippines is an important step in this progress,” the embassy said.
Bernice Camille V. Bauzon