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2021 NATO Summit
NATO has kept its citizens safe for over 70 years and will continue to adapt in this decade and beyond. At the NATO Summit in Brussels on 14 June 2021, NATO Leaders took decisions on a wide range of topics to address the security challenges of today and tomorrow.
NATO Leaders discussed a wide range of issues at the 2021 NATO Summit in Brussels, including the main themes of the NATO 2030 initiative: how to reinforce the Alliance's unity, broaden its approach to security and contribute to safeguarding the rules-based international order. They took decisions to prepare NATO for the challenges of today and tomorrow, including Russia's pattern of aggressive behaviour, terrorism, cyber attacks and disruptive technologies, the rise of China, and the security implications of climate change.
NATO Leaders agreed the NATO 2030 agenda to strengthen the Alliance over the next decade and beyond. The agenda includes nine main decisions. You can also check out the NATO 2030 factsheet and the full 2021 Brussels Summit Communiqué to learn more.
NATO 2030 was at the heart of the 2021 NATO Summit. At their meeting in December 2019, NATO Leaders asked Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to lead a forward-looking reflection process to strengthen NATO and to make sure our Alliance continues to adapt to the rapidly changing world – staying strong militarily, becoming a stronger political alliance and taking a more global approach.
Over the last year, the Secretary General consulted widely with Allies and received valuable input from an independent group of experts. He also engaged with civil society, young people, parliamentarians and the private sector. Based on these inputs, the Secretary General presented recommendations to NATO Leaders, which formed the bedrock of the NATO 2030 agenda that they agreed at the 2021 NATO Summit.
Watch the animations below to learn more about three major dimensions of the NATO 2030 agenda, and check out the NATO 2030 website for more detailed information.
Watch the videos below to learn more about the 2021 NATO Summit in Brussels.
NATO 2030 at Brussels Forum
In parallel with the summit, NATO partnered with the German Marshall Fund of the United States to host 'NATO 2030 at Brussels Forum'. This event featured conversations with government leaders, international experts, representatives from civil society, the private sector and young professionals. They held future-oriented discussions on NATO's priorities for the next decade and beyond.
Watch the full recording on YouTube.
Why does NATO have summits? What's it like to meet with world leaders? What did NATO Heads of State and Government discuss at this year's summit? Listen to the NATO Summit Behind the Scenes podcast to learn more!
- Social media – join the conversation about the #NATOSummit and #NATO2030
- YouTube – watch the NATO 2030 playlist
- NATO 2030 – learn how NATO is adapting to future challenges
- NATO summits – read more about the history and purpose of NATO summit meetings
- NATO Audience Research – dig into the data about perceptions of NATO in member countries
- Media resources – click here for a detailed programme of events, more background information and factsheets, and high-quality b-roll and photos