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4 Mar. 2015

Qatar hosts annual NATO conference on proliferation challenges

Participants from nearly 50 nations across five continents met in Doha, Qatar on 1-3 March to discuss current threats and challenges posed by the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) including in the Middle East and Asia. The event provided an informal forum to exchange views on key issues ahead of the 2015 Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty Review Conference in spring.

4 Mar. 2015

NATO ships deploy to Black Sea for training

NATO ships assigned to Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) arrived in the Black Sea on Wednesday (4 March 2015) to train with ships from the Bulgarian, Romanian and Turkish Navies. This training will include simulated anti-air and anti-submarine warfare exercises, as well as simulated small boat attacks and basic ship handling manoeuvres.

2 Mar. 2015

Deputy Secretary General calls for global partnership in fighting WMD proliferation

NATO Deputy Secretary General Ambassador Alexander Vershbow stressed the crucial role of global partnerships in combating proliferation in an address to the eleventh annual NATO Conference on Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Control, Disarmament, and Non-proliferation, in Doha, Qatar on Monday (2 March 2015). Mr. Vershbow warned that this is a “critical time for the security of all our nations”, citing challenges to east and south, including Russia’s aggressive actions against Ukraine, and instability wracking the Middle East and North Africa. In light of such challenges, Ambassador Vershbow underscored the necessity of multilateral cooperation in fighting WMD proliferation. “National security requires more than just national efforts,” he said.

2 Mar. 2015

Secretary General in Paris to discuss NATO adaptation to security challenges

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg visited Paris to discuss how NATO is adapting to the serious security challenges the Alliance faces both to the east and the south. He thanked France for being "a strong Ally and the heart of a strong NATO."

27 Feb. 2015

Secretary General visits NATO military headquarters in Naples

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg thanked Allied personnel for their service and for their contribution to NATO operations and missions during his first visit to Allied Joint Force Command Headquarters in Naples on Friday (27 February 2015). “You are helping to keep our Alliance safe, and our world more secure,” he said.

26 Feb. 2015

NATO and Italy discuss how Alliance is adapting to face threats from east and south

Arriving in Rome at the start of a two day visit to Italy on Thursday (26 February 2015), Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg underscored that NATO is adapting to “defend all Allies against threats from any direction”, east or south. He added that the Alliance is implementing the biggest reinforcement of NATO’s collective defence since the end of the Cold War, in order to respond to emerging challenges, including ISIL and instability in the Middle East and North Africa.

24 Feb. 2015

NATO Secretary General welcomes cooperation with the International Energy Agency

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed Fatih Birol, Chief Economist of the International Energy Agency (IEA) to NATO on Tuesday (24 February 2015). Dr. Birol has just been named the next Executive Director of IEA.

20 Feb. 2015

Meeting with the Representatives of the United Nations Secretary General’s High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations

Representatives of the United Nations Secretary General’s High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations visited NATO Headquarters on 19 February 2015 for an exchange of views on the challenges facing peace operations.

20 Feb. 2015

Chairman of the NATO Military Committee commends New Zealand’s involvement in NATO-led Operations and Missions

Visiting New Zealand on a four-day visit (18-21 February 2015) General Knud Bartels, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee discussed New Zealand’s increased cooperation with NATO on maritime security, interoperability and its continued commitment to NATO’s Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan to train, advise and assist the Afghan forces. Speaking with The Honourable Gerry Brownlee, New Zealand’s Minister of Defence, General Bartels stated: “New Zealand is a highly valued partner and NATO looks forward to building on this important partnership”.

18 Feb. 2015

Chairman of the NATO Military Committee visits Australia to discuss Maritime Security, the Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan and Global threats

While visiting Sydney and Canberra on a three day visit 15-18 February 2015, the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, General Knud Bartels thanked Australia for its contributions to NATO-led Operations and Missions and discussed enhanced NATO – Australian military to military cooperation and interoperability. After meeting with Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, Chief of the Australian Defence Force and Mr. Dennis Richardson, the Secretary of Defence of Australia, the Chairman stressed the need “for substantial and practical cooperation, to learn from each other, share best practices and develop common standards because NATO and Australia have a strong partnership and are committed to enhancing their abilities of working together in order to better tackle future global challenges”.

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