On June 30, 2020, a virtual plenary meeting of the of the Working Group of the G-7-led Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction (GP) was held under the US presidency.
Representatives of GP States Parties, relevant international institutions and NGOs participated in the event.
The event was virtually attended by an interagency delegation of Ukraine which included representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and other Ukrainian ministries and agencies involved in the implementation of project proposals to strengthen radiation, chemical, biological and nuclear (CBRN) safety and security in Ukraine.
The Working Group meetings’ agenda envisages consideration of the most demanding CBRN security issues within the respective sub-working groups, conducting their meeting this year in the virtual format due to the declared state of the pandemic. Participants have discussed, inter alia, the status and prospective of implementation of the project proposals aimed at strengthening of CBRN safety and security in Ukraine, including in the context of providing respective technical assistance, as well as possibility to deepen international cooperation in this area. Participants also discussed the issue of pandemic’s impact at the ability of GP Members to program against threats as well as opportunities to strengthen international cooperation in the area of biosecurity to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Director General for International Security of the MFA of Ukraine Ruslan Nimchynskyi in his statement during the plenary session reaffirmed Ukraine's adherence to the goals and principals of the Global Partnership and stressed upon the importance of strengthening respective capabilities to resist today’s threats and challenges in the area of WMD proliferation, including new challenges to international security such as pandemics. R.Nimchynskyi stressed upon the importance of international assistance to Ukraine in the area of CBRN security strengthening.
Cooperation with Ukraine remains one of the priorities of the Global Partnership. The GP working group meetings confirmed the intent of the participating countries to further deepen the dialogue on strengthening CBRN security, and demonstrated the readiness of donors to provide financial and technical assistance for the implementation of projects aimed at countering the proliferation of weapons and materials of mass destruction and strengthening international security as a whole.