The spread of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) poses a threat to the UK and the international community. Increasingly, terrorists and criminal networks are trying to acquire these weapons. We're working around the world to promote and implement our policies on nuclear weapons, chemical and biological weapons, conventional weapons, export controls and ambition for an arms trade treaty.
The Foreign Secretary welcomed the landmark agreement between US President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.
A UK Bill banning the use, production and stockpiling of cluster munitions came into immediate effect on Thursday 25 March.
UN members have voted in favour of forming an Arms Trade Treaty. Negotiations on its terms begin in 2010.
We're working to enforce the ban on chemical and biological weapons through international treaties and conventions
The UK is working to lead international efforts on nuclear disarmament
We're working to improve the international standard of export controls for weapons
The UK supports a global Arms Trade Treaty ATT to curb the irresponsible trade and transfer of arms
We're working closely with other countries and international organisations such as the UN to develop an arms trade treaty
Unexploded ordnance from cluster munitions threaten the lives of civilians