On 18 March 2021, North Macedonia received 6,000 litres of surface disinfectant detergent from NATO’s Pandemic Response Stockpile. The donation was coordinated by NATO’s Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) and the Republic of Latvia to respond to North Macedonia’s request for international assistance for COVID-19.
As an international organisation, NATO is characterised by diversity. People from different backgrounds and cultures, with different work styles and ways of thinking, work here. The Alliance’s Internship Programme offers opportunities to experience this international environment through a variety of fields including communications, finance, human resources, international relations, IT, law and political science. The 19th cycle of the programme opened on 17 March 2021 for placement in 2022. Applications will be accepted until 2 May 2021.
NATO Deputy Secretary General highlights long-standing and mutually beneficial partnership between NATO and Bosnia and Herzegovina
Today (18 March 2021), NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană talked about the development of relations between NATO and Bosnia and Herzegovina and about the Alliance’s continued commitment to stability in the Western Balkans, at an international conference on “Euro-Atlantic Processes in Bosnia and Herzegovina” organized by the University of Mostar.
In a NATO-led online conference on Gender equality and leadership: are today’s leaders leading enough? on 18 March 2021, NATO’s Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană called for more women in leadership positions, including at NATO.
Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană discusses NATO’s approach to emerging technologies at CYBERSEC
Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană stressed the importance of strong interoperability between Allies in order to keep NATO’s technological edge at the 4th European Cybersecurity Forum – CYBERSEC Brussels Leaders’ Foresight – on Thursday (18 March 2021).
The NATO Support and Procurement Agency will deliver 18 field hospitals to the Italian Armed Forces. These new facilities will be set up at the Cecchignola Military Compound based in Rome and will help to enhance the country’s response to medical emergencies.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili at NATO Headquarters on Wednesday (17 March 2021), ahead of the Prime Minister’s meeting with the North Atlantic Council. The Secretary General emphasised the close political partnership and strong practical cooperation between NATO and Georgia, thanking Georgia for serving alongside NATO forces in Afghanistan.
Directors General of the NATO and EU International Military Staffs meet to assess ongoing cooperation
On Tuesday 16 March 2021, Lieutenant General Hans-Werner Wiermann, Director General of the NATO International Military Staff, hosted a virtual meeting with his EU counterpart, Vice Admiral Hervé Bléjean to discuss the ongoing EU-NATO cooperation, including in exercises, training, military mobility and medical cooperation. The meeting concluded with the presentation of the COVID-19 lessons-learned programme spearheaded by NATO Allied Command Transformation, with the support of NATO Centres of Excellence.
Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană emphasized the importance of NATO drawing lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic in remarks to a Lessons Learned Conference organised by the Joint Analysis and Lessons Learned Centre on Tuesday (16 March 2021).
NATO is organising the conference "Gender equality and leadership: are today's leaders leading enough". The event will take place on Thursday 18 March 2021 and can be followed online. It will address the importance of women in leadership in NATO, and the need of women in leadership roles as we tackle current and future challenges.
NATO’s network of over 6,000 scientists and engineers continue to support efforts to tackle the effects of COVID-19. The network recently completed a study analysing the military impact of the pandemic over the next six years. The study looks at the impact of COVID-19 on a range of military functional areas, such as personnel, intelligence, operations, logistics, planning, communications, training and civil affairs.
NATO collects defence expenditure data from Allies on a regular basis and presents aggregates and subsets of this information. Each Ally’s Ministry of Defence reports current and estimated future defence expenditure according to an agreed definition of defence expenditure. The amounts represent payments by a national government actually made, or to be made, during the course of the fiscal year to meet the needs of its armed forces, those of Allies or of the Alliance. In the figures and tables that follow, NATO also uses economic and demographic information available from the Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs of the European Commission (DG-ECFIN), and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Today (16 March 2021), NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg held a virtual press conference to launch his Annual Report for 2020, which covers all aspects of the work of the Alliance over the past year.
NATO Deputy Secretary General at the 4th European Cybersecurity Forum – CYBERSEC Brussels Leaders’ Foresight
On Thursday 18 March 2021, the NATO Deputy Secretary General, Mr. Mircea Geoană will take part in the 4th European Cybersecurity Forum – CYBERSEC Brussels Leaders’ Foresight.
On Tuesday 16 March 2021, the NATO Deputy Secretary General, Mr. Mircea Geoană will meet with the Deputy Prime Minister of Montenegro, Mr. Dritan Abazović, at NATO Headquarters.
The strong transatlantic bond in NATO remains the cornerstone of Europe’s security, and closer cooperation with the European Union is an important part of our work for the future, said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in his address to the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee and Sub-Committee on Security and Defence on Monday (15 March 2021).
Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană underscored the importance of the transatlantic bond in remarks to the CDA Institute’s Ottawa Conference on Security and Defence on Friday (12 March 2021).
Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg set out the NATO 2030 initiative to future-proof the Alliance as part of the Council on Foreign Relations’ “Morse Lecture” series on Thursday (11 March 2021). In a discussion moderated by former NATO Supreme Allied Commander James Stavridis, the Secretary General underlined the importance of Europe and North America standing together “in strategic solidarity” to face shared challenges.
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