NATO UPDATE 10.11.2017
Defence Ministers agreed today (9 November 2017) to increase the size of NATO’s Resolute Support training mission in Afghanistan from around 13,000 to roughly 16,000 personnel. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg made the announcement at the end of a two-day meeting of the alliance’s Defence Ministers in Brussels. Mr Stoltenberg welcomed the fact that “Afghan forces are making progress, even though the situation remains very challenging.” Ministers also agreed on the importance of funding for the Afghan security forces, and welcomed Afghanistan’s intention to make further progress on reforms and reconciliation.
- NATO participates in UN Security Council debates on Women, Peace and Security and Children in Armed Conflict
- NATO Secretary General outlines new ”Geography of Danger”
- North Atlantic Council visits KFOR, confirming NATO’s commitment to Kosovo
- NATO launches first scientific cooperation initiative with Algeria
‘Cyber – beyond the horizon. Different perspectives, a new way forward’
NATO Deputy Secretary General, Ms Rose Gottemoeller will address cyber industry practitioners and academia on 19 October 2017 at NIAS’17, the annual NATO Cyber Symposium.
NIAS’17 is hosted by the NATO Communications and Information Agency at the Lotto Mons Expo, in Belgium. The symposium this year features a Women in Cyber Security Forum, as well as workshops on artificial intelligence, advanced machine learning and quantum technology.
(all times local)
09:10 Keynote address by the Deputy Secretary General
09:25 Deputy Secretary General joins Women in Cybersecurity Forum
09:45 Deputy Secretary General press conference with General Manager of the NATO Communications and Information Agency Kevin J. Scheid.
All three events are open to media at the Lotto Expo in Mons. The keynote address will be web streamed live.
Still imagery and video footage of the three events will also be available afterwards on the NATO website.
Follow the Deputy Secretary General on @Gottemoeller.
More details about the event and registration can be found here: http://nias2017.com/
- Secretary General addresses the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Bucharest
- Ukraine and Afghanistan win their first-ever medals at the Invictus Games
- NATO Office of Security hosts policy workshop in Slovenia
NATO UPDATE DE 29.09.2017
Secretary General wraps up visit to Afghanistan, stresses NATO’s enduring support . NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is currently visiting Afghanistan, together with US Secretary of Defense James Mattis. Speaking alongside President Ashraf Ghani and Secretary Mattis on Wednesday (27 September 2017), Mr. Stoltenberg stressed NATO’s support for the Afghan people, for the government’s reforms, and for an Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process.
- Multi-Role Tanker Transport Fleet expands significantly
- Major air and missile defence exercise starts off Scotland
- NATO Allies and partners help Georgia fight major forest fire
- NATO conference examines ways to enhance good governance in defence institutions
- NATO wraps up naval exercise Dynamic Monarch in Eastern Mediterranean (22.09.2017)
- NATO and Polish university enhance Ukraine’s defence education through e-learning (22.09.2017)
- Activities at NATO-Kuwait ICI Regional Center start (22.09.2017)
- Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach elected as next Chairman of the NATO Military Committee (22.09.2017)
|NATO Secretary General meets world leaders in New York (22.09.2017)|
|North Atlantic Council Statement on the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons|
|At Warsaw in July 2016, the Alliance set out clear positions on the issues of nuclear deterrence and nuclear disarmament:“Allies emphasise their strong commitment to full implementation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). The Alliance reaffirms its resolve to seek a safer world for all and to create the conditions for a world without nuclear weapons in full accordance with all provisions of the NPT, including Article VI, in a step-by-step and verifiable way that promotes international stability, and is based on the principle of undiminished security for all. Allies reiterate their commitment to progress towards the goals and objectives of the NPT in its mutually reinforcing three pillars: nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation, and the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.”Regarding the prevailing international security environment, they further noted that:“After the end of the Cold War, NATO dramatically reduced the number of nuclear weapons stationed in Europe and its reliance on nuclear weapons in NATO strategy. We remain committed to contribute to creating the conditions for further reductions in the future on the basis of reciprocity, recognising that progress on arms control and disarmament must take into account the prevailing international security environment. We regret that the conditions for achieving disarmament are not favourable today.”Seeking to ban nuclear weapons through a treaty that will not engage any state actually possessing nuclear weapons will not be effective, will not reduce nuclear arsenals, and will neither enhance any country’s security, nor international peace and stability. Indeed it risks doing the opposite by creating divisions and divergences at a time when a unified approach to proliferation and security threats is required more than ever.The ban treaty is at odds with the existing non-proliferation and disarmament architecture. This risks undermining the NPT, which has been at the heart of global non-proliferation and disarmament efforts for almost 50 years, and the IAEA Safeguards regime which supports it. The crisis caused by North Korea underlines the importance of preserving and enhancing the existing framework of the NPT.The ban treaty, in our view, disregards the realities of the increasingly challenging international security environment. At a time when the world needs to remain united in the face of growing threats, in particular the grave threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear programme, the treaty fails to take into account these urgent security challenges.The fundamental purpose of NATO’s nuclear capability is to preserve peace, prevent coercion, and deter aggression. Allies’ goal is to bolster deterrence as a core element of our collective defence and to contribute to the indivisible security of the Alliance. As long as nuclear weapons exist, NATO will remain a nuclear alliance.We call on our partners and all countries who are considering supporting this treaty to seriously reflect on its implications for international peace and security, including on the NPT.As Allies committed to advancing security through deterrence, defence, disarmament, non-proliferation and arms control, we, the Allied nations, cannot support this treaty. Therefore, there will be no change in the legal obligations on our countries with respect to nuclear weapons. Thus we would not accept any argument that this treaty reflects or in any way contributes to the development of customary international law.|