What´s new at NATO Headquarters?
Updated: 32 weeks 21 hours ago
The NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg will meet the President of Georgia, Mr. Giorgi Margvelashvili on Wednesday, 8 June 2016.
The run-up to the NATO Summit in Warsaw and the security challenges facing the Alliance were the main topics of a live-streamed discussion that Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg had with an audience of around 200 European Union policy influencers and Twitter users on Monday (6 June 2016).
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met with French President François Hollande in Paris on Friday (3 June 2016) to discuss current security challenges and the Alliance’s agenda for the Warsaw Summit in July. Mr. Stoltenberg commended France for being “a strong NATO Ally, building security in Europe and beyond - from Mali to Syria.”
Under the aegis of NATO’s Civil Emergency Planning activities, a training course for first responders to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) incidents was held at the Republican Study-Methodological Centre of Civil Protection, Committee for Emergency Situations of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, in Almaty, Kazakhstan from 30 May to 3 June 2016. The course took place for the third year in a row and welcomed 15 students from seven NATO partner countries.
The NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg will be speaking with Politico in Brussels at 18:00 on Monday, 6 June 2016, in a conversation webstreamed online.
NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow previewed the agenda of the NATO Summit in Warsaw, outlined the next steps in the Alliance’s adaptation and discussed NATO’s future at the Wrocław Global Forum on Friday (3 June 2016).
Visiting Berlin on Wednesday (2 June) NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that Germany is “at the heart of Europe and of the NATO Alliance”. Speaking with the media in a joint press conference with Chancellor Merkel, Mr. Stoltenberg said that Germany makes “outstanding contributions” to NATO operations in Afghanistan and Kosovo.
Scientists, experts and policy makers from Ukraine, the region and NATO member states gathered for the Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme Information Day 2016 in Kyiv, Ukraine on 27 May. The event provided an opportunity for the dissemination of the tangible results achieved through practical cooperation and the implementation of SPS projects in Ukraine.
The NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg will travel to Berlin on Wednesday 1 June and Thursday 2 June 2016.
NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg will meet with the Federal Minister of Defence and Sports of the Republic of Austria, Mr. Hans Peter Doskozil, on Wednesday 1 June 2016.
Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow welcomed on Tuesday (31 May) the 2016 annual Conference of the NATO Committee on Gender Perspectives (NCGP). Ambassador Vershbow was joined by the NATO Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security, Ambassador Marriët Schuurman, and by the Deputy Chairman of the Military Committee, Lt. Gen Mark O. Schissler.
‘This is almost revolutionary!’ This was the reaction to the information that NATO is establishing a mechanism to secure sustained dialogue with civil society on its policy in pursuit of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.
The NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg will meet with the Vice-Prime Minister of Ukraine for European Integration, Mrs. Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze on Wednesday 1 June 2016.
NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg will meet with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr. Elmar Mammadyarov on Wednesday 1 June 2016.
Addressing the Spring Session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Tirana, Albania (30 May 2016), NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow said that “Euro-Atlantic integration is the key to stability here in the Balkans”. The Deputy Secretary General also congratulated Albania on the 7th anniversary of its membership of NATO and said that “NATO’s door is opening once again with the impending membership of Montenegro”. Earlier this month NATO foreign ministers signed the Accession Protocol for Montenegro. “Once the parliaments of all 28 Allies have ratified the Protocol, Albania will have a fellow NATO member on its northern border. This will enhance Albania’s security while fortifying the stability of the western Balkans and the Adriatic region more broadly”, Ambassador Vershbow said.
NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg will travel to Warsaw on Monday 30 May and Tuesday 31 May 2016.
NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow said in Prague that “our security cannot be taken for granted” and that the North Atlantic Alliance “is as important as it has ever been.” In a keynote speech at the Jagello 2000 Conference on Friday (27 May 2016) Ambassador Vershbow thanked the Czech Republic for its long involvement in Alliance operations in Afghanistan, its support for the NATO Response Force and its contributions of highly-skilled pilots and aircrews to NATO’s assurance measures. He also commended the Czech Republic for its leading role in the Alliance’s ability to respond to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear hazards. “Together these are helping to make our Alliance stronger and more effective”, he said.
A military base in Ukraine established in 1975 serves as a fuel deposit, which supplies fuel to other military bases in its vicinity. This military base, located in the residential areas of Kyiv, has caused significant groundwater pollution and soil contamination. To help remedy this situation, an SPS flagship project-- The Remediation of Hydrocarbon Polluted Military Site in Ukraine – was launched in 2012, as a joint cooperative activity between experts from France and Ukraine. Modern equipment has been provided by NATO to help Ukraine remediate the pollution caused by this facility.
On Monday 30 May 2016, the NATO Deputy Secretary General, Ambassador Alexander Vershbow will address the Spring session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Tirana.
Explosive remnants of war pose a significant threat to local populations in eastern Ukraine, and the authorities are making a great effort to defuse them. To help counter this growing threat, on behalf of the NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme and in close cooperation with the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA), Ambassador Sorin Ducaru, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, transferred valuable equipment to the State Emergency Service of Ukraine (SESU).