The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Security and Non-Proliferation

Est. 1999

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Security and Non-Proliferation

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The APPG is a cross-party group of UK Parliamentarians encouraging discussion and debate on matters relating to global security and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction – whether nuclear, chemical or biological.
Foundation Year

For over 20 years the APPG has been a platform for cross-party discussion and dialogue.


In 2019, the APPG hosted 7 meeting with parliamentarians, officials and experts on the most pressing issues in international security.


Our six officers bring parliamentary expertise and a range of diverse perspectives to issues of global security and nonproliferation.


How the APPG came about

Set up in 1999 by Malcolm Savidge with the support of Mike Gapes, Ming Campbell and Sir Richard Body, the APPG was envisaged as an open platform for Parliamentarians to have a cross-party, cross-ideology discussion on international security. At the time there was no other APPG working on international security in Parliament. The APPG organised a parliamentary delegation to US Congress, and facilitated former US Defence Secretary Robert McNamara’s visit to the UK.
When Malcolm Savidge left the Commons at the 2005 election, Lord Garden took over as Chair. Until his death from cancer in 2007, Lord Garden continued the APPG’s proud tradition of facilitating parliamentary discussion with experts on security matters. In 2008, Lord Hannay of Chiswick and Tony Lloyd took over as Vice-Convenors. During this time the APPG organised a parliamentary delegation to US Congress at the beginning of Obama’s Presidency in 2009.
Mike Gapes agreed to stand as Vice-Convenor, after Tony Lloyd left Parliament in 2012. Lord Hannay and Sir Bottomley convene the APPG to this day. BASIC continues to serve as the Secretariat to the APPG, with Rishi Paul serving as its Clerk.


The APPG is co-chaired by Lord Hannay of Chiswick and Sir Peter Bottomley MP. Its officers provide parliamentary expertise and a range of diverse perspectives on issues relating to global security.

Lord Hannay of Chiswick


Former Ambassador of the UK to the EEC, Former Ambassador of the UK to the UN, Member of the International Affairs Select Committee

Sir Peter Bottomley MP


Member of the EU Select Committee

Hilary Benn MP


Former Chair of the Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer


Chairman of the EU Financial Affairs Sub-Committee, Member of the EU Select Committee

Baroness Falkner of Margravine


Member of the EU Select Committee

Baron Wood of Anfield


Member of the House of Lords European Union and EU External Affairs Sub-Committee

Lord Browne of Ladyton


Member of the House of lords Science and Technology Committee and former Secretary of State for Defence

We are grateful for the generous support of Polden Puckham Charitable Foundation and Marmot Charitable Foundation.

Read about the APPG’s latest meetings.


Read about the APPG's work over this Parliament.

15 September 2020:

Joint meeting with the UN APPG on Prospects for extension of the New Start Treaty and implications with Angela Kane, Former UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs and Pranay Vaddi, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Nuclear Policy Program fellow.

20 May 2020:

Joint meeting with the APPG on Future Generations on how policy making today considers the long-term with Sir Stewart Eldon, former UK Ambassador to NATO, Dr Karin von Hippel, Director General of RUSI and Dr John Carney, Head of Futures at DSTL.

2 March 2020:

Joint meeting with the UN APPG on The Changing Deterrence Landscape: Implications for the 2020 NPT RevCon with Professor Daryl G. Press, Associate Professor of Government, Dartmouth College.

11 February 2020:

Joint meeting with UN APPG on Prospects for the Iran Nuclear Deal with the Rt Hon Alistair Burt, former Minister for the Middle East and North Africa 2010-13, and 2017-19 and Dr Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizzi, Research Fellow at RUSI and a Visiting Fellow at War Studies, King's College London.

30 January 2020:

APPG on Global Security and Non-Proliferation Annual General Meeting to elect group Chair and Vice-Chairs.

22 October 2019:

Joint meeting with the UN APPG on the UN in 2019 seen from the office of the President of the General Assembly and Prospects for the 75th Anniversary in 2020, with Natalie Samarasinghe, chief speechwriter in English for the President of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

11 June 2019:

Joint meeting with Drones APPG and APPG on Future Generations on Drones, Swarming and the Future of Warfare with David Hambling, author of Swarm Troopers and Sebastian Brixey-Williams, Programme Director, BASIC.

22 May 2019:

Discussion after the 2019 NPT Preparatory Committee negotiations looking at the future of the non-proliferation regime with UK Ambassador to the Conference on Disarmament, Aiden Liddle and Paul Ingram, Executive Director, BASIC.

25 March 2019:

Meeting with Cristina Varriale, Research Fellow RUSI and Justine Walker, Director of Sanctions Policy, UK Finance on the Hanoi Summit and the future of sanctions against North Korea.

13 February 2019:

APPG briefing with Beatrice Fihn, Executive Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons and Tom Plant, Director of Proliferation and Nuclear Policy, RUSI on the Ban Treaty and the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

29 January 2019:

Discussion with Dmitri Trenin, Director of the Carnegie Moscow Center on Russian perspectives on arms control and strategic stability.

24 January 2019:

Briefing with UK Ambassador to the Conference on Disarmament, Aiden Liddle and Head of the Counter-Proliferation and Arms Control Centre at the FCO, Sarah Price on the UK’s Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Diplomacy.

20 November 2018:

Meeting with Mark Fitzpatrick, Executive Director Americas Office, IISS and Sir Richard Dalton, former British Ambassador to Iran on preventing proliferation in Iran.

31 October 2018:

Meeting on the future of the INF Treaty with Desmond Bowen, Associate Fellow IISS, Dr Katarzyna Kubiak, Research Fellow ELN and Dr Kori Schake, Deputy Director-General IISS.

18 July 2018:

Roundtable meeting on NATO Summit with Dr Kori Schake and Prof Malcolm Chalmers.


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