Eight Serbian scientists are leading a research project to develop the commercial production of biofuel from algae. The pioneering project is supported by the NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme and is carried out by Belgrade’s Institute for Multidisciplinary Research in cooperation with Manchester University in the United Kingdom and Baylor University in the United States.
A torch lighting ceremony has been held in Kabul to honour Afghanistan’s team due to participate in the Invictus Games in Toronto (23 – 30 September 2017). The team of seven will compete with injured military personnel from around the world. The commander of NATO’s Resolute Support Mission, General John W. Nicholson, said the team of Afghans “represent a better future.”
NATO is making good progress in facilitating a prospective visit of German parliamentarians to Turkey's Konya airbase on 8 September 2017.
NATO and Iraq have taken another step to enhance coordination amongst different Iraqi military and civilian entities.
I strongly condemn yesterday's attack on a NATO convoy in the Kandahar province of Afghanistan, which left two US soldiers dead and four more wounded. I offer my sincere condolences to the families and loved ones of the fallen, and wish a speedy recovery to the injured.
NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller welcomed Ambassador Kurt Volker, U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations, to NATO Headquarters on Wednesday (26 July 2017). Ms. Gottemoeller and Ambassador Volker discussed the security situation in eastern Ukraine, Kyiv’s reforms, and NATO’s support for Ukraine.
NATO and the Jordanian Armed Forces inaugurated the newly established Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) in Amman on 19 July 2017. The CERT was set up as part of a NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) project to enhance Jordanian cyber defence capabilities.
NATO’s Resource Policy and Planning Board (RPPB) published its 2016 Annual Report on Thursday (20 July 2017). The RPPB is a subsidiary body of the North Atlantic Council and has a lead policy and planning role in all NATO military common funded resource areas. The Annual Report analyses how NATO’s common-funded resources support approved Alliance objectives and priorities; assesses the performance of military common funding; and reviews the financial situation of the NATO Security Investment Programme and the Civil and Military Budgets.
NATO Allies and partners are providing aircraft and helicopters to help Montenegro deal with forest fires in the Lustica peninsula. Montenegro approached NATO’s Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) for assistance on Monday (17 July 2017), and the request was immediately circulated to NATO Allies and partners. A Ukrainian fire-fighting aircraft Antonov 32P has been in Montenegro since Tuesday, and two helicopters – contributed by Bulgaria and Switzerland – arrived in Montenegro on Wednesday. Two more fire-fighting aircraft will be deployed from Israel in the coming days.
Following forest fires that hit villages on the Luštica peninsula (Montenegro), endangering the lifes of hundreds of people, the Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) received a request for assistance on 17 July 2017.
From 12-15 July 2017, General Petr Pavel, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee visited Romania where he met with the President, Mr. Klaus Iohannis, the Minister of National Defence, Mr. Adrian Țuțuianu, and the Chief of General Staff, General Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă. General Pavel also visited the NATO enhanced Air Policing Mission and observed the US-led multinational exercise Saber Guardian 17.
Democracy and rule of law are shared values of NATO Allies. On the first anniversary of the coup attempt in Turkey I reiterate my strong message that any attempt to undermine democracy in any of our Allied countries is unacceptable.
The North Atlantic Council (NAC) condemns in the strongest possible terms the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) unprecedented launch of a ballistic missile of intercontinental range on 4 July, a major escalation that directly violates multiple United Nations (UN) Security Council resolutions and clearly demonstrates the growing threat posed by the DPRK to the Alliance, to global peace and security, as well as to the global non-proliferation regime. We are supportive of efforts underway at the United Nations to impose additional sanctions on the DPRK, and call for all nations to fully implement existing UN sanctions and make further efforts to apply decisive pressure to convince the DPRK regime to abandon its current threatening and destabilising path.
The NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg will hold a press point on Thursday 13 July, 2017 at +13:00 hours following the meeting of the NATO-Russia Council.
Visit to NATO by the Chairman of the Steering Committee in France for the Strategic Review of security and national defense
On Wednesday 12 July, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will welcome to NATO Headquarters, Mr. Arnaud Danjean, Member of the European Parliament and Chairman of the French drafting board working on a strategic review of national defence and security.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg ended a two-day visit to Ukraine on Monday evening (10 July 2017), during which he reaffirmed the Alliance’s strong political and practical support for Ukraine. Mr. Stoltenberg was in Kyiv together with the Ambassadors of NATO’s North Atlantic Council to mark the twentieth anniversary since the signing of the Distinctive Partnership between NATO and the Ukraine.
On 6-7 July 2017, Lieutenant General Steven M. Shepro, Deputy Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, represented NATO at the second edition of the United Nations Chiefs of Defence Conference in New York.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg underlined the Alliance’s continuing support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in Kyiv on Monday (10 July 2017). Mr. Stoltenberg and the North Atlantic Council are marking twenty years of NATO’s Distinctive Partnership with Ukraine. At a joint press conference with President Petro Poroshenko, Mr. Stoltenberg highlighted NATO’s practical and political support for Ukraine.
The NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg will meet the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, H.E. Mr. Ayman Safadi, at NATO Headquarters on Tuesday, 11 July 2017.
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