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The NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg, will meet the President of the Republic of Armenia, Mr. Armen Sarkissian, on Wednesday, 21 October 2020 at NATO Headquarters.
On Monday 09 November 2020, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will host the NATO 2030 Youth Summit, to ensure that NATO incorporates young people’s views of security and peace in its reflection on the future of NATO.
The Albanian Ministry of Defence received 60 ventilators from the NATO stockpile in response to the COVID-19 pandemic on Saturday, 17 October. The donation was coordinated by NATO’s Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC). Later this week the ventilators will be handed over to the Albanian Ministry of Health for distribution to hospitals.
The NATO Committee on Gender Perspectives (NCGP) hosted its annual conference on 13-14 October 2020. The theme of the conference was “Deepening Gender Mainstreaming: Transformation Through Professionalisation” and the event brought together 110 participants, including representatives from NATO Member and Partner Nations, academics, researchers, and international organisations from around the world, virtually and physically. At the conference, participants discussed the current state of affairs and exchanged best practices to continue integrating gender perspectives and the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda at NATO.
NATO Allies and partners reaffirm their commitment of financial support for sustainable Afghan security forces
Today (19 October 2020), NATO Allies and partners met at the plenary meeting of the Afghan National Army Trust Fund Board. They reviewed the implementation of their financial contributions in support to the Afghan security forces, discussed contributions for 2021 and reiterated their commitment to provide financial support to the Afghan security forces through 2024.
On Wednesday 21 October 2020, at 11:00, the NATO Secretary General will brief the press ahead of the meetings of the NATO Ministers of Defence, taking place via tele-conference on 22-23 October 2020.
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NATO Deputy Secretary General highlights education and training as key to adaptation to future challenges
Speaking at the 67th Annual Anciens’ Conference and Seminar organised by the NATO Defense College (NDC) in Rome on Friday (16 October 2020), NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană said that education and training are key to adapting the Alliance to evolving circumstances. Mr Geoană thanked the College for its lasting contribution to NATO and said that within the Alliance the College enjoys a stellar reputation. “The education and training that the College has provided, has been key to the adaptation of our Alliance to all possible and evolving circumstances,” he said.
Speaking at the opening of the Bucharest Model NATO on Friday (16 October 2020), NATO’s Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană called on younger generations to take part in keeping NATO strong. "We need each other to shape the strategic landscape, or others will shape it for us," he said, "we also need each other to ensure that we keep our technological edge in an increasingly competitive space".
Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg attended NATO’s annual nuclear exercise at Volkel airbase in the Netherlands on 16 October 2020 alongside Dutch Defence Minister Ank Bijleveld as well as NATO’s top military commander, General Tod Wolters.
Chairman of the NATO Military Committee visits Switzerland and the International Committee of the Red Cross
The Chairman of the NATO Military Committee Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach visited Switzerland on 13 and14 October 2020. During the visit, he met with the Chief of the Swiss Armed Forces, Lieutenant General Thomas Süssli, toured the Spiez laboratory, the Swiss Federal Institute for NBC-Protection, and the Air Force Operations Centre in Dübendorf. Air Chief Marshal Peach also met with the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, H.E. Ambassador Peter Maurer.
Speaking at an online dialogue on the future of Women, Peace and Security at NATO on Thursday (15 October 2020), NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stressed that further advancing gender equality was a priority for NATO in the 2030 horizon: “You have my personal commitment to provide the leadership and support needed”, he said. “It is about making our strong Alliance even stronger”.
On Thursday, 15 October 2020, the NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg will meet with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, Mr. François-Philippe Champagne, at NATO Headquarters.
On Thursday, 15 October 2020, NATO will host a Digital Dialogue on the Future of Women, Peace and Security, to mark the 20th anniversary of UNSCR 1325.
Speaking at a Friends of Europe event today (13 October 2020), NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană emphasised that the bond between Europe and North America is still essential. “I do believe there is no substitute to the transatlantic bond,” he said.
NATO Deputy Secretary General to speak at 67th Annual Anciens’ Conference and Seminar (online event)
On Friday, 16 October 2020, the NATO Deputy Secretary General, Mr. Mircea Geoană will speak at the 67th Annual Anciens’ Conference and Seminar “What kind of NATO do we need in a post-Covid World” organized by the NATO Defense College (NDC).
NATO Chiefs of Defence elect next Chairman of the Military Committee - Admiral Rob Bauer of the Netherlands Armed Forces
Allied Chiefs of Defence today, 9 October 2020, elected Admiral Rob Bauer, Chief of Defence of the Netherlands Armed Forces to be the next Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, the senior military adviser to the Secretary General. Admiral Bauer will take up the position following the end of Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach’s tenure in June 2021.
Laryssa Patten is a Canadian space engineer and expert working at NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency. Together with experts from other NATO Allies, she helps enhance NATO’s space technologies and services.
On Tuesday, 13 October 2020, the NATO Deputy Secretary General, Mr. Mircea Geoană will take part in the State of Europe 2020, an event organised by Friends of Europe. The panel “Beyond hard security” will be moderated by Dr. Jamie Shea, Senior Fellow at Friends of Europe.
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