The ability to communicate and make yourself understood can make a difference in life-threatening situations – imagine for example that you are trying to alert a search and rescue helicopter of the position of a downed pilot.
In November and December this year, a mobile training team led by Slovakia conducted a training course in manual demining for Iraqi Security Forces. This was held in Iraq in the framework of NATO's training and capacity building activities in support of Iraqi security forces and institutions. It was developed and implemented in coordination with the NATO Core Team in Baghdad.
In his end of the year message to the forces working under NATO command, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg thanks the troops for their challeging work, such as serving in NATO's multinational deterrent forces in the eastern part of the Alliance, training Afghan troops, keeping the peace in Kosovo, and patrolling the Mediterranean and the Aegean Seas.
The NATO Deputy Secretary General, Ms. Rose Gottemoeller, visited Yerevan on Monday 18 December 2017 and met with President Serzh Sargsyan, with Minister of Foreign Affairs Edward Nalbandian, with Minister of Defence Vigen Sargsyan and with the President of the National Assembly, Mr. Ara Babloyan.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris today (19 December) to discuss the Alliance’s continued adaptation to a challenging security environment, and preparations for next year’s NATO Summit in Brussels.
Chairman of NATO Military Committee visits Estonia affirming NATO’s commitment to collective defence
Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, General Petr Pavel, visited Estonia from 13 to 15 December 2017. During his visit, General Pavel met with HE Mrs Kersti Kaljulaid, President of Estonia, HE Mr Jüri Luik, Minister of Defence, General Riho Terras, Commander of Estonian Defence Forces as well as members of the National Defence Committee. While in Estonia, General Pavel also visited the NATO Force Integration Unit, NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, Baltic Defence College and NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group stationed in Tapa.
NATO Annual Report on Gender Perspectives in Allied Armed Forces: progress made in pre-deployment training and work-life balance
The third edition of the Summary of the national reports to the NATO Committee on Gender Perspectives (NCGP) is a digest of the statistics and progress made, in 2016, by the 28 NATO members and 13 partners on the implementation of the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.
The NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg, will travel to Paris on Monday, 18 and Tuesday, 19 December 2017.
The NATO Deputy Secretary General, Ms. Rose Gottemoeller, will visit the Republic of Armenia on Monday, 18 December 2017.
For 30 years, the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty has been crucial to Euro-Atlantic security. By removing an entire class of U.S. and Russian weapons – ground-launched intermediate-range missiles – the Treaty has contributed to strategic stability and reduced the risk of miscalculation leading to conflict. As such, full compliance with the INF Treaty is essential and we remain fully committed to the preservation of this landmark arms control treaty.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed efforts for stronger European defence, arriving at a meeting of the European Council on Thursday (14 December 2017). “I welcome the initiative to strengthen European defence because I believe that it will be good for the European Union, for Europe and for NATO,” he said, while stressing the need for complementarity between NATO and EU efforts. Mr. Stoltenberg, who addressed EU leaders on NATO-EU cooperation, highlighted the importance of strengthening it further, noting progress already made in areas such as cyber defence and maritime operations.
The NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg will attend the European Council meeting on Thursday, 14 December 2017.
From 28 to 30 November 2017, a NATO expert visit took place in Tunis to review progress under the Defence Education Enhancement Programme (DEEP), which was launched in Tunisia in February 2016.
A group of 15 experts from Kuwait took part in a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) training at the NATO-Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI) Regional Centre in Kuwait City from 3 to 7 December 2017. The event was the first of five tailor-made advanced training courses to be delivered at the Centre in the framework of the NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme. Other areas of training include energy security and cyber defence.
Mauritania, like other countries in the Sahel region, is confronted with many security challenges, ranging from trafficking to terrorism. The crisis management centre implemented through the NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme (SPS) can contribute to the fight against these threats. The system could also serve as a model for the neighbouring countries and regional organisations which have shown interest in this innovative centre.
Allies agreed today to extend the mandate of Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg by two years, until 30 September 2020.
From 11 to 14 December 2017, the General Mihailo Apostolski Military Academy in Skopje hosted a team of experts from the Cuiavian University in Włocławek for a workshop on e-learning capacity building. The event was part of NATO’s Defence Education Enhancement Programme (DEEP) with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia¹.
NATO continues to build Iraqi security forces capabilities. NATO partners are joining this important endeavour.
NATO Deputy Secretary General to participate in the European Union Non-proliferation and Disarmament Conference 2017
The NATO Deputy Secretary General, The Honourable Rose E. Gottemoeller, will attend the plenary session on “Perspectives on Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Challenges” at the Palais d’Egmont on Tuesday, 12 December 2017 where she will take part in a panel discussion.
Senior officials from the European Union met their counterparts at NATO Headquarters today (8 December) to take stock of current efforts and discuss new areas for cooperation on cyber defence.
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