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7 Nov. 2018

Secretary General's Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security visits NATO’s KFOR Mission

Clare Hutchinson, Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security, visited NATO’s peace-keeping mission in Kosovo (KFOR) on Wednesday (7 November 2018). Ms. Hutchinson discussed the promotion of the Women, Peace and Security agenda with the commander of KFOR, Major General Salvatore Cuoci. The commander briefed the Special Representative on the many initiatives to ensure a gender perspective is incorporated across all KFOR operations and training.

6 Nov. 2018

NATO Secretary General and top military leaders visit Afghanistan

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg paid an official visit to Kabul on Tuesday (6 November 2018), accompanied by the Chairman of the Military Committee, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, and the Supreme Allied Commander Europe, General Curtis Scaparrotti.

6 Nov. 2018

Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller in Beijing: “We need to defend ourselves in the digital age, and in the age of artificial intelligence”

The NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller visited Beijing on 24-26 October 2018 and participated in 8th Xiangshan Forum. Speaking at a special session on Artificial Intelligence, Gottemoeller highlighted how technological advances provide challenges as well as opportunities and discussed how NATO is working to ensure it stays ahead of the curve. “We do this by working together, among our 29 members and with our partners and international organisations. And of course, we work with the private sector to take full advantage of the latest innovations and to maintain our technological edge”.

6 Nov. 2018

Military Committee’s visit to Skopje demonstrates NATO’s strong and continued support towards the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia¹

The NATO Military Committee visited Skopje, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia from 6-7 November 2018. The meeting was hosted by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, Radmila Shekerinska Jankovska and the Chief of the General Staff, Major General Vasko Gjurchinovski. The NATO Military Committee Deputy Chairman, Lieutenant General Steven Shepro first met with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Jankovska and Chief of Defence Gjurchinovski, and then chaired a Military Committee Permanent Session where high level representatives from the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia participated. The Military Committee visit concluded with a visit to Ilinden Barracks where the NATO Military Representatives watched a capability demonstration. A variety of capabilities, ranging from the defence of a high level representative in field to Special Forces storming and clearing an insurgent base, were demonstrated.

6 Nov. 2018

Norway uses Exercise Trident Juncture to strengthen its national resilience

Trident Juncture 18, NATO’s largest exercise in recent years, is also the Alliance’s first military exercise to include substantial civil preparedness elements and to practice cooperation between the military and the civilian authorities. Norway, which is hosting the exercise, is using the collective defence scenario not only to train its armed forces, but also to build up its ability to respond to a crisis of any kind.

5 Nov. 2018

The Chairman of the NATO Military Committee commends Portugal for its contributions to NATO

The Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach visited Portugal from 1 to 4 November 2018. The trip included visits to NATO Joint Analysis and Lessons Learned Centre, the Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO, the Joint Command for Military Operations as well as meetings with the Portuguese Minister of Defence, HE João Gomes Cravinho and the Chief of Defence, Admiral António Silva Ribeiro.

2 Nov. 2018

NATO continues to strengthen Iraqi security structures through new mission in Iraq

On 31 October 2018, a new NATO-led mission in Iraq started its work to further develop Iraq’s security institutions and structures. The new mission, called NATO Mission Iraq, was launched at the NATO Summit held in Brussels on 11 and 12 July 2018, following a request by the Iraqi government. The mission is led by Major General Dany Fortin of the Canadian Armed Forces, and builds on prior training and capacity-building efforts carried out in the country since January 2017 by NATO civilian and military personnel.

1 Nov. 2018

International observers visit exercise Trident Juncture 2018

Observers from member nations of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) are witnessing NATO’s largest military exercise since the end of the Cold War, Trident Juncture 2018, which is currently taking place in Norway.

31 Oct. 2018

NATO and UN conclude updated Joint Declaration on cooperation

Following the meeting of Secretaries General Jens Stoltenberg and António Guterres on the margins of the 73rd UN General Assembly in September, the Secretariats of NATO and the United Nations concluded an updated Joint Declaration on Friday 26 October 2018, setting out plans for future cooperation between the two organizations. The document builds on the original Joint Declaration between NATO and the UN, which was signed in September 2008. The updated Declaration sets out priority areas for future cooperation, including, support to UN peace operations, countering terrorism; the protection of civilians; and Women, Peace and Security.

31 Oct. 2018

NATO-Russia Council meets in Brussels

The NATO-Russia Council, which brings together the 29 Allies and Russia, met in Brussels on Wednesday (31 October 2018). Ambassadors had an open exchange on several topics, including the situation in and around Ukraine; issues related to military activities, reciprocal transparency and risk reduction; Afghanistan; and hybrid challenges.

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