The spread of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) poses a threat to the UK and the international community, while indiscriminate trade in conventional arms and the use of certain types of weapons raises serious humanitarian and security concerns.
We're working around the world to promote and implement our policies on nuclear weapons, chemical and biological weapons, conventional weapons, export controls, cluster munitions and ambition for an arms trade treaty.
The UK and the international community have repeatedly expressed concern over Iran's nuclear programme. Read our article dispelling ten common myths.
A UK act banning the use, production and stockpiling of cluster munitions came into effect earlier this year.
A terrorist attack using nuclear devices represents one of the most destructive risks to global security.
We're working to enforce the ban on chemical and biological weapons through international treaties and conventions.
Read about the UK’s work on nuclear non-proliferation, nuclear disarmament, peaceful uses of nuclear energy and nuclear security.
We're working to improve international standards of export controls for weapons.
The UK supports a global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) to curb the irresponsible trade and transfer of arms.
The UK is working with other countries to build confidence, ensure security and reduce threats to civilians from conventional weapons such as small arms, light weapons and cluster munitions.
Unexploded ordnance from cluster munitions threatens the lives of civilians. Read about the Convention on Cluster Munitions here.