Plans to secure WMD 'fall far short'
Pledges by the world’s richest nations to secure nuclear, biological and chemical materials are falling “far short” of what is needed “to prevent terrorists from obtaining weapons of mass destruction”, an international coalition of 21 security organisations has warned. The Global Partnership Update, released on Tuesday by a consortium of research institutes in 16 countries, and led by the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), paints a worrying picture more than a year after G8 leaders agreed to spend $20bn (?17bn, £11.8bn) over 10 years against WMD proliferation. Sam Nunn, former chairman of the US Senate’s armed services committee, said: “There is a dangerous gap between the pace of progress and the scope and urgency of the threat. The $20bn has only been pledged, not allocated, and it falls far short of what’s needed.” Full Story