NATO - North Atlantic Treaty Organization

23 Sep. 2011

NATO Secretary General announces Chicago summit dates

NATO’s forthcoming summit in Chicago will take place on May 20-21, 2012, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen announced during a visit to the United States.

“We'll have the next NATO summit in Chicago on May 20-21 next year. This will be an important summit, following up on the decisions taken at Lisbon last year, but also breaking new ground," the Secretary General said on the margins of the United Nations general Assembly in New York. NATO’s last summit was held in Lisbon in November 2010.
 
The full Chicago summit agenda has not yet been finalised, but NATO’s Enduring Partnership with Afghanistan - agreed in Lisbon - will be a key point. NATO-trained Afghan forces have begun to take the lead responsibility for security in the country, and that transition is on track to be completed in 2014.
 
The Chicago summit will make clear that, even after that date, NATO “will not leave Afghanistan behind: we'll stay committed, with a focus on continuing to train and educate Afghan security forces, to continue to improve their capacity,” Rasmussen said.
 
In Lisbon, NATO heads of state and government agreed to create a system to defend NATO European territories and populations against ballistic-missile threats, and to begin talks on possible missile-defence cooperation with Russia.
 
In Chicago, “I hope and expect we'll be able to declare interim operational capability. This will be a significant step forward, because we have been discussing the development of a NATO-based missile defence system for many many years,” the Secretary General said, adding that he hopes to reach an agreement with Russia on missile-defence cooperation at the same time.
 
The summit is also expected to agree on new ways for NATO nations to prioritise, specialise and share multinational projects so that they can keep and improve their security capabilities, even in times of economic austerity – an approach known as “Smart Defence”.
 
And Rasmussen said that he hopes to break new ground in NATO’s partnership with other countries and organisations, especially in North Africa and the Middle East – a partnership which plays an important role in the NATO-led operation to protect the people of Libya.
 
“There are many positive lessons learnt from our Libya operations. We'd also like to broaden the perspective and further strengthen these partnerships,” the Secretary General said.
 
The Chicago meeting will be the first NATO summit in the United States since 1999 when the Alliance celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in Washington .

Last updated: 22-Sep-2011 20:47

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Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 22. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen meets with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Dr. Zalmai Rassoul, in New York City. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 22. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen meets with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Dr. Zalmai Rassoul, in New York City. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 22. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen greets President of Serbia, Boris Tadic, at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 22. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen meets with President of Serbia, Boris Tadic, at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 22. Sep. 2011 The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Sergey Lavrov greets NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 22. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen meets with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Sergey Lavrov, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, speaks during the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, speaks during the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, speaks during the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, speaks during the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, speaks during the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen attends the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 Members of the World's media gather around an aging CRT monitor to see President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, speak during the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks during an interview in the rose garden of the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Rasmussen is in the city for the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks during an interview in the rose garden of the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Rasmussen is in the city for the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks during an interview in the rose garden of the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Rasmussen is in the city for the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks during an interview in the rose garden of the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Rasmussen is in the city for the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen walks through the rose garden of the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Rasmussen is in the city for the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen (r) is interviewed by Jakob Nielson of the Danish publication, Politiken, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Rasmussen is in the city for the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 Emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani greets NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen at the Qatar Mission in New York City. The two leaders are in the city for the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen meets with the Emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani at the Qatar Mission in New York City. The two leaders are in the city for the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen (r) speaks with the Luxembourg Minister for Foreign Affairs, Jean Asselborn in New York City. The two leaders are in the city for the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 21. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, reviews schedule notes in an office overlooking the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Rasmussen is in the city to attend the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon bids farewell to NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen at the United Nations Headquarters in New York following a meeting between the two on the eve of the opening of the UN General Assembly. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen signs the guest book of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon as Ki-moon looks on at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon greets NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on the eve of the opening of the UN General Assembly. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen pauses before the portrait of the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen meets with the President of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on the eve of the opening of the UN General Assembly. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen meets with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Kostyantyn Gryshchenko in New York on the eve of the opening of the UN General Assembly. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks outside of the United Nations Headquarters in New York. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks outside of the United Nations Headquarters in New York. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen is interviewed by Jonathan Wachtel of Fox News outside of the United Nations Headquarters in New York. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen is interviewed outside of the United Nations Headquarters in New York. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen is interviewed by Isha Sasay of CNN outside of the United Nations Headquarters in New York. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen is interviewed by Isha Sasay of CNN outside of the United Nations Headquarters in New York. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen (left) attends the High-Level Meeting on Libya at the United Nations Headquarters, New York. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen (left) attends the High-Level Meeting on Libya at the United Nations Headquarters, New York. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen attends the High-Level Meeting on Libya at the United Nations Headquarters, New York. 
Visit by the NATO Secretary General to New York 20. Sep. 2011 NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen attends the High-Level Meeting on Libya at the United Nations Headquarters, New York.