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  • Gender Advisor (IMS GENAD), IMS Office of the
    IMS Office of the Gender Advisor (IMS GENAD) The IMS Office of the Gender Advisor is the Office of Primary Responsibility (OPR) within the International Military Staff (IMS) providing information and advice on gender issues and on the implementation of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 and Related Resolutions. It also serves as the Secretariat for the NATO Committee on Gender Perspectives (NCGP). The personnel forming the IMS Office of the Gender Advisor report directly to the Director General (DGIMS), and are responsible to: Provide advice and support to the DGIMS on gender issues, including the implementation of UNSCR 1325 and Related Resolutions. The Chief of the Office represents the IMS in Committees, Working Groups and HQ Task Forces and maintains liaison with the International Staff (IS) and the NATO Military Authorities (NMAs). Promote awareness on the effective integration of a gender perspective into military operations. Facilitate the dialogue with Partner countries on relevant gender issues. Provide briefings on significant milestones and the status of integration of the gender perspective within the Alliance. Respond to internal and external requests for information. Collect and disseminate information from NATO and Partner Nations regarding national programmes, policies and procedures on gender related issues, including the implementation of UNSCRs 1325 and Related Resolutions. Liaise with international organizations and agencies concerned with the integration of a gender perspective into military operations, as well as with gender related issues, in accordance with approved documents Coordinate the organization of NCGP and EC meetings in accordance with NATO protocol. Disseminates NCGP recommendations. The IMS Gender Advisor advises the NCGP Chairperson. Facilitates the exchange of information among NATO Nations, on gender related policies and gender mainstreaming. Contact information IMS Office of the Gender Advisor Chief : LTC Jesus Ignacio GIL RUIZ ESPAR Admin. Assistant: MSgt Coenaerts Sandra NATO HQ Boulevard Leopold III B – 1110 Brussels Fax: +32.2.707.5988 E-mail: dims.win@hq.nato.int CWINF Web Site: http:/www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/topics_50327.htm Publications 2012: BI-Strategic Command Structure (BI-SCD) 40-1 ( PDF/270Kb ) 2011: Indicators (adapted in Rome November 2011) ( PDF/22Kb ) 2011: How can gender make a difference to security in operations ( PDF/754Kb ) 2010: Template for pre-deployment gender training ( PDF/667Kb ) 2009: Gender Training and Education: Recommendations on implementation of UNSCR 1325 ( PDF/549Kb ) 2008: Improving the gender balance (18 Nov 2008) (.PDF/7,5 MB) 2007: Guidance for NATO Gender Mainstreaming (.PDF/45KB) Terms of Reference: Committee on Gender Perspectives (.PDF/262KB) Meeting Records 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2001 National reports 2013 ( ZIP/5.07Mb ) 2012 ( ZIP/13.6Mb ) 2011 ( ZIP/3.21Mb ) 2010 ( ZIP/1.4Mb ) 2009 ( ZIP/0.5Mb ) 2008 ( ZIP/1.05Mb ) National Action Plans Actions Plans ( ZIP/47Mb )
  • Gender balance and diversity in NATO
    Gender balance and diversity in NATO NATO is an equal opportunities employer committed to valuing everyone as an individual. Gender balance and diversity efforts have been mainstreamed in NATO Headquarters (HQ) policies and practices since 2002. They aim at addressing issues such as imbalance in gender, age and national representation in the International Secretariat (IS) of NATO. Recognizing diversity means respecting and appreciating those who are different from ourselves. Today, there are approximately 1200 civilian IS members in NATO HQ. Another hundred civilians serve in the International Military Staff (IMS). They all operate under Civilian Personnel Regulations, which provide that members of staff shall treat their colleagues and others, with whom they come into contact in the course of their duties, with respect and courtesy at all times. They shall not discriminate against them on the grounds of gender, race or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation. Principles and priorities of gender and diversity at NATO HQ During the Prague Summit in November 2002, member countries tasked the IS to form a Task Force that would recommend to Council ways of improving gender balance and diversity in the NATO IS and civilian IMS workforce. Under the direction of the Deputy Secretary General, the Task Force started work in February 2003. The first report proposed an Action Plan, which was noted by Foreign Ministers on 2nd June 2003. In consultation with national delegations, the IS and the IMS, the Task Force defined four guiding principles for actively pursuing a diversity policy at NATO HQ: Ensuring fairness in recruitment and promotion; Ensuring the high quality of NATO personnel; Respecting the diversity of all Alliance members; and Agreeing only to set goals and use methods that embody a reasonable challenge. The Task Force therefore recommended a pragmatic approach with achievable goals. It focused on diversity issues that could be objectively defined and started its work by addressing the question of gender balance. It agreed no quotas would be set since recruitment in NATO is merit-based, and proposed the following objectives: To increase the overall number of women employed in the IS; To increase the overall number of women applying (especially to A and C Grade positions); To increase the overall number of women in managerial positions. Framework, monitoring and reporting A NATO-wide policy To substantiate the above-mentioned decisions, NATO adopted a NATO-wide Equal Opportunities and Diversity Policy in 2003, applicable to the IS and civilian personnel in the IMS, as well as civilians in all NATO bodies and agencies. Separate policies against discrimination and harassment at work exist in NATO and several NATO bodies. Annual Progress Reports and Monitoring Reports are produced to outline achievements and trends and to put forward recommendations. Some numbers Currently¹ 1178 people serve in the NATO IS of which 37.2% are women. Female personnel represent 31% of the A-grade staff and 22.5% of the senior management in NATO. Of the civilian personnel in the IMS, 43.9% are women. The PDF Library on this page provides a more detailed breakdown of gender, age and national representation in the NATO HQ’s civilian workforce. Mainstreaming diversity A series of practical initiatives have been implemented in-house and continue to constitute a priority for NATO’s services: the NATO Organizational Development and Recruitment services reviewed all job descriptions and vacancy announcements in order to ensure gender neutrality in their formulation. In addition, for senior posts at grade A.5 and above, an external assessment centre may be used, which guarantees an additional level of culture-neutral professional assessment in line with NATO’s merit-based recruitment principles. The Talent Management services work constantly on the personal and professional development of the NATO HQ workforce and provide specific training opportunities for women, as well as awareness-raising events for the entire IS. The team in the Personnel Support services is responsible for the general well-being of the NATO IS, whose health and balanced lifestyle are their priority. In 2004 the NATO Internship Programme was established, allowing young graduates to bring to NATO HQ their share of diversity and enthusiasm. The success of the programme led, in 2009, to its extension to all NATO bodies and agencies. 1. The numbers above are as of 30 January 2012. Action Plans Bearing in mind the current demographic trends in NATO member states, and the vast number of international public and private institutions competing for quality candidates, it is crucial for the Organization to position itself well in order to remain, and for some to become, an employer of choice. As the Organization changes in line with evolving political requirements and tasks, it is essential that NATO diversify qualifications and competencies of its workforce. The key to triggering sustained institutional change is mainstreaming the process of change, i.e., to fully weave it into the very fabric of the organization. This is why, for instance, the first Action Plan covering the period 2007-2010 identified the three following objectives: to establish and maintain a NATO Diversity Framework and Policy; to improve the NATO work environment; and to promote and improve NATO’s image as an employer of choice. For each one of these objectives, annual targets were set within the Action Plan and the Progress Reports monitor developments each year. The next Action Plan should aim to shift work and efforts from diversity to inclusion. Diversity can be measured in numbers, but should not limit efforts to achieving balanced statistics. Rather, the aim would be to mainstream inclusion, which effectively means that efforts will be made to ensure that the diverse workforce will work well together.
  • Gender Perspectives, NATO Committee on -
    NATO Committee on Gender Perspectives ?? NATO Committee on Gender Perspectives The NATO Committee on Gender Perspectives (NCGP) advises NATO leadership and Member Nations on gender related issues in order to enhance organizational effectiveness in support of Alliance objectives and priorities, including the implementation of relevant United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCRs). ? more IMS Office of the Gender Advisor (IMS GENAD) The IMS Office of the Gender Advisor (IMS GENAD) serves as the Secretariat for the NATO IMS Office of the Gender Advisor (IMS GENAD) and the advisor to the Committee Chairperson. It also provides information and advice on gender issues within the International Military Staff (IMS). The page contains an archive of all publications and newsletters issued by the IMS GENAD. More information
  • Georgia, NATO's relations with
    NATO’s relations with Georgia Georgia is an aspirant for NATO membership, actively contributes to NATO-led operations and cooperates with the Allies and other partner countries in many other areas. The NATO-Georgia Commission provides a unique framework through which NATO and Georgia pursue active political dialogue and practical cooperation in support of Georgia’s reform efforts and its Euro-Atlantic aspirations. In September 2008, NATO and Georgia established the NATO-Georgia Commission (NGC)  to oversee NATO’s assistance to Georgia following the conflict with Russia and to play a central role in supervising the process set in hand at the Bucharest Summit where NATO leaders agreed that Georgia will become a member of NATO. In December 2008, Allied Foreign Ministers agreed that Georgia should develop an Annual National Programme under the auspices of the NGC. In this framework, the Alliance is maximising its advice, assistance and support for Georgia’s reform efforts, in particular in the field of democratic, institutional and defence reforms. At the 2012 Chicago Summit, Allied leaders reaffirmed all elements of their decision made at the Bucharest Summit, and welcomed Georgia’s progress since then to meet its Euro-Atlantic aspirations through reforms, implementation of its Annual National Programme and active political engagement with the Alliance within the NGC. Since then, Georgia’s conduct of transparent and peaceful parliamentary and presidential elections, in October 2012 and October 2013 respectively, has been welcomed as another concrete step towards meeting Euro-Atlantic standards. Another important area of cooperation is Georgia’s support for NATO-led operations. Georgia is currently the largest non-NATO troop contributor to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan and continues to serve as a transit country for ISAF supplies. The country has also indicated its willingness to participate in the post-2014 follow-on mission – Resolute Support - to train and assist Afghan security forces, after the transition to Afghan full security responsibility is completed at the end of 2014, when ISAF’s mission will end. Georgia also supports Operation Active Endeavour, NATO’s counter-terrorist maritime surveillance operation in the Mediterranean. Georgia has offered to participate in the NATO Response Force and is expected to contribute to the NRF in 2015. Framework for cooperation The NGC provides the framework for cooperation between NATO and Georgia. Created in September 2008, it serves as a forum for both political consultations and practical cooperation to help Georgia advance its Euro-Atlantic aspirations. Existing cooperation programmes, such as the Planning and Review Process (PARP), continue to take place within the framework of the NGC. A NATO Liaison Office was established in Georgia in 2010 to assist and support the country’s reform efforts. In December 2008, NATO Foreign Ministers decided to further enhance the NGC through the development of an Annual National Programme (ANP). The ANP, the first of which was finalised in spring 2009, replaced the Individual Partnership Action Plan (IPAP), which has guided NATO-Georgia cooperation since 2004. In addition to Georgia’s contributions to Euro-Atlantic peace and stability, key areas of cooperation under the ANP include political, military and security-sector reforms. NATO agrees to support Georgia in these reforms by providing focused and comprehensive advice and activities in several frameworks (both civilian and military) towards its reform goals. Current priorities for Georgia include transforming its public and private sectors in order to promote democracy, good governance, the rule of law and sustainable social and economic development, as well as reforming the defence and security sector, in particular the revision of Georgia’s national security plans. Georgia also cooperates with NATO and other partner countries in a wide range of other areas through the Partnership for Peace (PfP) programme and the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC). In parallel with the establishment of the NGC, the Military Committee with Georgia was also created as a format for meetings focused on military cooperation. The principal aim of NATO-Georgia military cooperation is to assist Georgia with the implementation of military and defence-related issues of the ANP, strategic planning, defence reforms and to increase interoperability in support of Georgia’s contributions to NATO-led operations. The Military Committee with Georgia Work Plan defines key areas and objectives for military cooperation between NATO and the Georgian Armed Forces. The Work Plan comprises activities that help achieve the goals set in the ANP and PARP. Key areas of cooperation Security cooperation Thanks to regular participation in PfP training and exercises, Georgia has been able to contribute actively to Euro-Atlantic security by supporting NATO-led operations. Georgian troops worked alongside NATO troops in the peacekeeping operation in Kosovo from 1999 to 2008, providing a company-sized unit as part of the German brigade there and an infantry platoon within a Turkish battalion task force. Georgia is currently providing two infantry battalions serving with US forces in Helmand Province, an infantry platoon serving with the US contingent in Kabul, and a number of staff officers serving at various locations. With over 1,500 military personnel, Georgia is currently the largest contributor to ISAF among NATO’s partner countries. Furthermore, Georgia is ready to continue to serve as a transit country for ISAF supplies. Georgia has also indicated its willingness to participate in the post-2014 NATO-led mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan forces, which will be deployed once the transition to Afghan security lead has been completed and ISAF’s operation is terminated. The Georgian government has also pledged financial support for the future development of the Afghan National Security Forces. Georgia participates in NATO’s Operation Active Endeavour, a counter-terrorist maritime surveillance operation in the Mediterranean, primarily through intelligence exchange. It also has a mountain training site, which is accredited as a Partnership Training and Education Centre and offers courses and training to Allies and other partner countries. Defence and security sector reform NATO is supportive of the wide-ranging democratic and institutional reform process underway in Georgia, as outlined in its ANP. Particularly in the area of defence and security sector reform, NATO and individual Allies have considerable expertise upon which Georgia can draw. Georgia’s participation in the PARP since 1999 has helped develop the ability of its forces to work with NATO and is also providing planning targets that are key to security reform objectives in several areas. NATO support has, for example, helped Georgia build deployable units according to NATO standards and interoperable with Allied forces. Georgia’s defence reform objectives within the PARP have facilitated improved financial management in the Ministry of Defence, assisted in reforming the intelligence structure of the armed forces and ensured that a credible Strategic Defence Review was conducted. A key priority for Georgia is to ensure democratic control of the armed forces, including effective judicial oversight and appropriate defence command and control arrangements through a range of measurable objectives within the ANP. Education and training are also key objectives of Georgia’s ANP and reform efforts. NATO is leading a tailored programme for Georgia – the Defence Education Enhancement Programme (DEEP) – with the support of the PfP Consortium of Defence Academies and Security Studies Institutes, the Partnerships Training and Education Centres and Allied defence institutions. Following Georgia’s request in 2008, NATO and Georgia launched a Professional Development Programme for Civilian Personnel in the Ministry of Defence and other Security Institutions in 2009. The programme provides training with the aim of strengthening the capacity for democratic management and oversight in the Ministry of Defence, as well as other security sector institutions. Training and education provided in the framework of this programme is closely aligned to Georgia’s defence and security sector reform objectives outlined in both the ANP and PARP. Current priorities are to support Georgia’s civil service reform and enhance Georgia’s own capacity for providing training to security sector civilian personnel. Another priority in the area of defence and security sector reform has been to support demilitarization projects in Georgia through the NATO/PfP Trust Fund mechanism which allows individual Allies and partner countries to provide financial support to key projects on a voluntary basis. Over the years, a number of Trust Fund projects have helped to address problems posed by stockpiles of surplus and obsolete weapons and munitions, and promoted their safe disposal. Civil emergency planning Georgia is enhancing its national civil emergency and disaster-management capabilities in cooperation with NATO and through participation in activities organised by the Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC). The Centre helped coordinate the delivery of hundreds of tonnes of relief items to Georgia in the wake of the August 2008 conflict. It also coordinated assistance to Georgia in 2005 when the country experienced some of the worst flooding in its history, in 2006 when forest fires broke out in southern Georgia, and after a major earthquake in 2009. Georgia itself hosted a major EADRCC consequence-management field exercise in the town of Rustavi in September 2012. Some 1,000 people from 35 countries participated in the exercise, which was organised in cooperation with the Emergency Management Department of the Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs. Science and environment Georgia has been actively engaged within the framework of the NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme since 1994. The SPS Programme enables close collaboration on issues of common interest to enhance the security of NATO and Partner countries. By facilitating international efforts, in particular with a regional focus, the Programme seeks to address emerging security challenges, support NATO-led operations and advance early warning and forecast for the prevention of disasters and crises. Today, scientists and experts from Georgia are working to address a wide range of security issues, notably in the fields of environmental security, cyber defence, advanced technology (including nanotechnology) and disaster forecast and prevention of natural catastrophes. Most recently, Georgian experts contributed to a hands-on cyber defence training course based on their national experience and expertise. Other projects include collaboration on improving trans-boundary water management and mitigating the risks posed by earthquakes in the South Caucasus. Public information Increasing the public awareness of NATO and its relations with Georgia is also a key area of cooperation. Since 2002, in cooperation with local non-governmental organisations and state authorities, NATO, through its Liaison Office in Tbilisi, has been organising numerous activities to this end, including seminars, conferences and workshops. “NATO Weeks” and summer schools are organised on an annual basis to reach out to youth audiences. Groups of opinion leaders from Georgia are regularly invited to visit NATO Headquarters and the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) for briefings about the Alliance, and NATO officials regularly travel to Georgia to speak at public events. Senior NATO officials – including the Secretary General and the Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia – also regularly visit the country for high-level consultations. The North Atlantic Council, NATO’s highest political decision-making body, paid a two-day visit to the country in September 2008, in the immediate aftermath of the Georgia crisis. The Council paid a second visit in November 2011 and another in June 2013. In every partner country an embassy of one of the NATO member states serves as a contact point and operates as a channel for disseminating information about the role and policies of the Alliance. The current NATO Contact Point Embassy in Georgia is the embassy of Romania. The Office of the State Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration has established an Information Center on NATO, which has its main office in Tbilisi and branches in Kutaisi and Zugdidi. Working in close cooperation with NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division and with the NATO Liaison Office in Georgia, it is an important tool in raising public awareness about the Alliance in the country. Response to the Georgian crisis At an emergency meeting of the North Atlantic Council on 19 August 2008, Allied Foreign Ministers called for a peaceful and lasting solution to the conflict based on respect for Georgia's independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity. Allied Foreign Ministers deplored the use of force in the conflict, which is inconsistent with the commitments to the peaceful resolution of conflicts that both Georgia and Russia have made under the Partnership for Peace as well as other international agreements. They expressed particular concern over Russia's disproportionate military action which is incompatible with Russia’s peacekeeping role in the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Allies also called on Russia to take immediate action to withdraw its troops from the areas it must leave under the terms of the six-point agreement brokered by the European Union. The Allies agreed to support Georgia, upon its request, in a number of areas. These include assessing the damage to civil infrastructure and the state of the ministry of defence and armed forces; supporting the re-establishment of the air traffic system; and advising on cyber defence issues. On 27 August 2008, the North Atlantic Council condemned the decision by the Russian Federation to extend recognition to the South Ossetia and Abkhazia regions of Georgia, and called on Russia to reverse its decision. NATO continues to support Georgia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty within its internationally recognised borders as reiterated at meetings of Allied Heads of State and Government and in the Secretary General’s statements. The Secretary General has issued statements underlining that NATO does not recognise elections that have since taken place in South Ossetia and Abkhazia and that the holding of such elections does not contribute to a peaceful and lasting settlement. The Allies welcome the declaration by the Georgian President – endorsed by the Georgian Parliament in a unanimously adopted resolution on Georgia’s foreign policy objectives – to seek a resolution to the crises with the South Ossetia and Abkhazia regions of Georgia through peaceful means. They strongly support Georgia’s current strategy of engagement with the two breakaway regions, which envisions a constructive way forward through fostering economic ties and people-to-people contacts to build confidence. The Allies also welcome the steps Georgia has taken unilaterally towards Russia in recent years, including the removal of visa requirements for Russian citizens, the agreement on Russia’s membership of the World Trade Organization; as well as the direct dialogue that has been initiated with the Russian government by the Georgian government, which came into power in October 2012. Milestones in relations 1992 Georgia joins the newly created North Atlantic Cooperation Council (succeeded by the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council in 1997). 1994 Georgia joins the Partnership for Peace (PfP), a programme aimed at increasing security and defence cooperation between NATO and individual partner countries. 1995 Georgia signs the PfP Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) between the NATO and partner countries 1997 Georgian Parliament ratifies the SOFA agreement 1999 Georgia joins the PfP Planning and Review Process (PARP). Georgia starts contributing peacekeepers to the Kosovo Force (KFOR). 2001 Georgia hosts a multinational PfP military training exercise "Cooperative Partner 2001" 2002 Georgia is connected to the Virtual Silk Highway. Georgia hosts a multinational PfP military training exercise "Cooperative Best Effort 2002". Georgia declares its aspirations to NATO membership and its intention to develop an Individual Partnership Action Plan (IPAP) with NATO 2003 A NATO/PfP Trust Fund project is launched with Georgia to support the demilitarization of ground-to-air defence missiles Georgia participates in ISAF's election security force in Afghanistan. At the Istanbul Summit, Allied leaders place special focus on the Caucasus – a special NATO representative and a liaison officer are assigned to the region. 2004 Georgia becomes the first country to agree an IPAP with NATO. 2005 NATO and Georgia sign a transit agreement allowing the Alliance and other ISAF troop-contributing nations to send supplies for their forces in Afghanistan through Georgia. Georgia opens an information centre on NATO with the support of NATO's Public Diplomacy Division. 2006 NATO offers an Intensified Dialogue to Georgia. 2007 Georgia hosts a NATO/PfP air exercise, "Cooperative Archer 2007". 2008 At their Summit in Bucharest, NATO leaders agree Georgia will become a member of NATO. In August, Allies express deep concern over the armed conflict between Georgia and Russia, calling for a peaceful and lasting solution to the conflict based on respect for Georgia's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity. They agree to support Georgia's recovery in a number of areas and also propose the establishment of a NATO-Georgia Commission (NGC) to supervise the process set at hand at the Bucharest Summit and to oversee the implementation of support measures. In September, the North Atlantic Council pays a two-day visit to Georgia. The Framework Document establishing the NATO-Georgia Commission is signed and the inaugural meeting takes place in Tbilisi. In December, Allied Foreign Ministers agree to the development of an Annual National Programme (ANP) under the auspices of the NGC. 2009 On 4 February, the Georgian foreign minister, vice prime minister and defence minister visit NATO for the first meeting of the NGC in 2009. On 20 February, Allied and Georgian defence ministers discuss Georgia's progress in defence reform and its priorities. On 5 March, the NGC meets in Brussels for the second time at the level of foreign ministers to discuss a range of issues of common interest. Mid-March 2009, a NATO-led team of experts visits Georgia to address a Georgian request to review the existing military education and training system, and develop a plan of action for reform. May 2009, the first Steering Committee meeting for the NATO-Georgia Professional Development Programme for Civilian Personnel of Georgian MOD and Other Security Institutions takes place at NATO HQ, Brussels. Following elections on 31 May in the South Ossetia region of Georgia, NATO's Secretary General issues a statement saying that NATO does not recognise the elections and that the holding of such elections does not contribute to a peaceful and lasting settlement of the situation in Georgia. On 3 December, the NGC meets to discuss the course of Georgia's Euro-Atlantic integration and process of reform. 2010 On 12 March, key agreements are signed to begin a Trust Fund project that will help Georgia safely dispose of explosive remnants of war. In March, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili visits NATO Headquarters to meet NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. In April, Georgia signs an agreement with NATO to contribute to Operation Active Endeavour, NATO's maritime counter-terrorist operation in the Mediterranean. In May, Georgian Foreign Ministry hosts a seminar on "Energy Security and Critical Energy Infrastructure" in Tbilisi. In May, Allies and Georgia Chiefs of Defence meet in the Military Committee to discuss and support the transformation process of the Georgian Armed Forces. In August, the North Atlantic Council decides to enhance NATO-Georgia relations through effective military cooperation (this leads to the development and implementation of the first annual, Military Committee with the Georgia Work Plan in 2011). In October, NATO Liaison Office is inaugurated during the NATO Secretary General's visit to Georgia, where he meets the Georgian President, Prime Minister and senior ministers. At the Lisbon Summit, Allied leaders recall their agreement that Georgia will become a member of NATO and reaffirm all elements of their decision made at the Bucharest Summit in 2008, declaring their active support for Georgia's continued implementation of all necessary reforms. They reiterate their continued support for Georgia's territorial integrity and sovereignty within its internationally recognised borders. In February, the Director General of the International Military Staff of NATO visits Georgia to discuss the status and prospect of NATO-Georgia military to military cooperation. 2011 In April, NGC Foreign Ministers meet in Berlin and adopt, for the first time, a joint statement which reaffirms the basic principles of NATO-Georgia cooperation. NATO ministers express strong appreciation for Georgia's substantial contribution to Euro-Atlantic security and the overall positive dynamic in Georgia's democratic development. In June, the Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia visits NATO HQ for a meeting of the NGC and informs Allies about key democratic reforms in his country. In May, the Military Committee with Georgia meets at the level of Chief of Defence to discuss Georgia's contributions to operations and the status of the implementation of defence reforms derived from the strategic defence review. In July, the Georgian Foreign Ministry hosts a conference on emerging security challenges with the support of the NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme. In August, SACEUR visits Georgia to discuss Georgia's current and future contribution to operations. Following so-called presidential elections on 26 August in the Abkhazia region of Georgia, NATO's Secretary General states that NATO does not recognise the elections and that the holding of such elections does not contribute to a peaceful and lasting settlement of the situation in Georgia. In November, the North Atlantic Council pays a visit to Tbilisi and Batumi and meets the President, the Chairman of the Parliament, the Prime Minister and other high-level officials of the country, as well as representatives of civil society, media and the opposition. The NGC agrees to pursue further work on concrete measures to enhance Georgia's relations with NATO. Following so-called presidential elections on 13 November in the South Ossetia region of Georgia, NATO's Secretary General issues a statement saying that NATO does not recognize the elections and that the holding of such elections does not contribute to a peaceful and lasting settlement of the situation in Georgia. As a follow-up to the North Atlantic Council's visit to Georgia, the NGC adopts a set of concrete measures to enhance Georgia's connectivity with NATO. These measures support reforms, increase the ability of NATO and Georgia to operate together, and strengthen the capacity of the Georgian institutions as the country continues on its path towards Euro-Atlantic integration. 2012 As a follow-up to the North Atlantic Council's visit to Georgia, the NGC adopts a set of concrete measures to enhance Georgia's connectivity with NATO. These measures support reforms, increase the ability of NATO and Georgia to operate together, and strengthen the capacity of the Georgian institutions as the country continues on its path towards Euro-Atlantic integration. In April 2012, President Saakashvili visits NATO Headquarters to meet the Secretary General and attend a meeting of the NGC Ambassadors. In May, Georgia takes part in three important meetings involving partners at the Chicago Summit: President Mikheil Saakashvili joins counterparts from countries that are supporting the NATO-led stabilisation mission in Afghanistan. He also attends a meeting of the 28 Allies with 13 countries from Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region that have made exceptional contributions to the Alliance's agenda in the last few years. And Georgian Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze joins fellow foreign ministers from the three other countries that are aspiring to NATO membership. In September, NATO Secretary General visits Georgia. In October, Georgia doubles its contribution to ISAF, making the country one of the largest non-NATO troop contributor nations. In November, the Secretary General meets with President Saakashvili in Prague on the occasion of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, and with Prime Minister Ivanishvili at NATO Headquarters. In December, during an NGC meeting of foreign ministers, the Allies encourage all parties in Georgia to keep up the momentum of the recent elections and to consolidate democratic progress; they also thank Georgia for its substantial contribution to NATO's mission in Afghanistan. 2013 In June, NGC Defence Ministers discuss Georgia's reform plans and further opportunities for cooperation. Ministers also thanked Georgia, the biggest non-NATO contributor to ISAF, for the significant contribution to NATO-led operations. From 26-27 June, the North Atlantic Council visits Georgia to assess the progress the country has made towards Euro-Atlantic integration. In October, NATO's Secretary General expresses concern about Russia's continued activity in erecting fences and other obstacles along administrative boundary lines within Georgia, which is in contradiction with international commitments. Later that month, he congratulates the Georgian people on holding transparent and peaceful presidential elections in which fundamental freedoms of expression, movement, and assembly were respected.   if (window.postMessage) { var tlMouseupFunc = function() { var tlFrame = document.getElementById("tl-timeline-iframe"); if (tlFrame.contentWindow && tlFrame.contentWindow.postMessage) { tlFrame.contentWindow.postMessage("mouseup","*"); } } if (typeof window.addEventListener != "undefined") { window.addEventListener("mouseup", tlMouseupFunc, false); } else if (typeof window.attachEvent != "undefined") { window.attachEvent("onmouseup", tlMouseupFunc); } } NATOCHANNEL.TV : Videos on NATO-Georgia relations newYTPlayer('OPzEIB34YLI','79264'); Joint Press Point with Georgia Prime Minister - Questions and answers 14 Nov. 2012 Georgian Prime Minister Mr. Bidzina Ivanishvili and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen answered questions from the press at NATO Headquarters.  Joint Press Point with Georgia Prime Minister - Questions and answers 14 Nov. 2012 Georgian Prime Minister Mr. Bidzina Ivanishvili and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen answered questions from the press at NATO Headquarters.  Joint Press Point with Georgian Prime Minister 14 Nov. 2012 Georgian Prime Minister Mr. Bidzina Ivanishvili and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen jointly talked to the press at NATO Headquarters. Blog by the Secretary General: Georgia moving closer to NATO 10 Nov. 2011 Georgians in Musa Qala 15 Jul. 2011 The Georgian Army has almost a thousand troops deployed in Afghanistan. Some of the soldiers are helping to secure the district of Musa Qaleh in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Georgian army out in the front 15 Apr. 2011 The Georgian army have been out in Afghanistan for just over a year. The most senior in rank is Colonel Nikolaz Janjgava who spends most of his time leading from the front. NATO-Georgia Commission Meeting in Berlin 15 Apr. 2011 Opening remarks of NATO Secretary General at the beginning of the Meeting of the NATO-Georgia Commission. The fruits of peace 08 Nov. 2010 Research programmes that are developing ecological agricultural systems in Georgia and promoting cooperation among Georgian, Armenian and Azeri scientists and farmers NATO & Partners train in Georgia - Part 1 11 Sep. 2009 Part 1 explains the purpose of the multi-national military exercises held under NATO's Partnership for Peace (PfP) programme from 6 May – 1 June 2009 in Georgia. NATO & Partners train in Georgia - Prt 2 12 Jun. 2009 In Part 2, NATO Partners face a scenario in which a convoy delivering humanitarian aid is attacked. With many non-NATO nations participating in NATO operations, this training is crucial.
  • Georgia - NATO Liaison Office (NLO)
    NATO Liaison Office (NLO) Georgia Overview Mission Represent NATO in Georgia Facilitate political/military dialogue and practical cooperation under the NATO-Georgia Commission in support of Georgia’s efforts to join NATO. Enhance civil and military cooperation between NATO and the Government of Georgia in support Euro-Atlantic integration goals described in the Annual National Plan (ANP) Tasks Provide advice and assistance to the Government of Georgia in support of civilian and military reform efforts required for NATO integration. Provide advice to Georgian and NATO authorities on the planning and implementation of cooperation programs and activities Conduct liaison with Georgian, NATO, Allied, and Partner Authorities to enhance cooperation and understanding in pursuit of the NATO/Georgia goal of Georgia becoming a full NATO member. Facilitate NATO and Allied bilateral and multilateral projects, events and visits. Current priorities Strengthen Georgia ’s Euro-Atlantic integration reform process: Assist Georgia in planning and implementing the civilian and military reform goals defined in the Annual National Program (ANP) Advise and assist Georgia’s reform of the armed forces in the framework of the PfP Planning and Review Process Support the planning and implementation of military reforms defined in the Georgia annual Work Plan developed by Georgia and the Military Committee Enhance NATO-Georgia political and practical dialogue Engage Georgian leadership at the senior and expert political and military levels Engage and inform Georgian society through intensified public diplomacy outreach to increase public awareness of NATO and NATO-Georgia Relations. Support transformation and democratic oversight of the defense and security sector: Engage parliament and the executive regarding the armed forces; Engage Nongovernmental organizations interested in defense and security oversight in order to strengthen the role of civil society in national security and defense issues NATO programmes in Georgia The fourth NATO Trust Fund project in Georgia was officially launched in May 2013. The proposal is for a 24 month long project with a budget of up to 1.6 million EUR. The aim of the Trust Fund is to conduct Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) clearance from the site of a partially destroyed underground ammunition depot at Skra. In addition, the project will support capability development through continuing the training of military personnel started under the previous Trust Fund project. The Lead Nations of the project are the Czech Republic and Lithuania. In 2009, NATO and Georgia launched the Professional Development Programme with the objective of enhancing the professional skills of civilian officials to strengthen the capacity for effective democratic management and oversight in defence and security institutions. Training and education provided in the framework of this programme is closely aligned to Georgia’s defence and security sector reform objectives outlined in the ANP. General organizational information The NATO Liaison Office was officially opened on 1 October 2010 Current Staff: 14 Head of Office (NATO civilian IS Staff) Deputy (NATO civilian IS Staff); Military Liaison Officer (NATO IMS); 3 national experts (seconded by Poland, Norway and Czech Republic) Georgian local employees 2 NATO Trust Fund Programme Managers 1 NATO Trust Fund Programme Deputy Manager (seconded by the Government of Georgia) 1 NATO Trust Fund Programme officer (seconded by the Government of Georgia) 1 NATO Trust Fund Programme Organizational Manager Contacts: Address: 162 Tsinamdzgvrishvili, 0112 Tbilisi, Georgia. Office tel. no.: +995 (32) 293 38 01