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NATO currently faces the most dangerous and unpredictable security environment since the Cold War. How will the Alliance continue to protect its one billion citizens and every inch of Allied territory?

In July, NATO Leaders will meet to address the most pressing challenges for the Alliance, further strengthen NATO's deterrence and defence and bring Ukraine closer to the Alliance.



NATO Heads of State and Government and key partners


Vilnius, Lithuania


11-12 July 2023


To address the challenges facing the Alliance and further strengthen NATO's deterrence and defence

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Behind the summit logo

Vilnius logo

Vytis, an armoured knight, is a Lithuanian symbol of vigour and power. It has served as Lithuania's national coat of arms since the late 1300s, and is featured on this year's NATO summit logo as a symbol of Lithuanian readiness and dedication to defend the Alliance.

We have just concluded an historic NATO Summit. Over the past two days, we took major decisions to adapt our Alliance for the future. We agreed NATO's most detailed and robust defence plans since the Cold War. We strengthened our commitment to defence investment. We agreed to bring Ukraine closer to the Alliance, and step up support for the long haul. And we deepened our partnerships around the world even more.

- Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General


Key decisions

At the Vilnius Summit, NATO Leaders took important and historic decisions that set NATO's strategic direction for the near and long-term future. Find out more about the key decisions below and read the full Vilnius Summit Communiqué by Allied Heads of State and Government for more information.

  • Increased support to Ukraine
    • Increased support to Ukraine NATO Allies agreed on a package with three elements that will bring Ukraine closer to NATO. This includes a multi-year programme of assistance to help rebuild the Ukrainian security and defence sector and ensure full interoperability between the Ukrainian armed forces and the Alliance; the establishment of the NATO-Ukraine Council, a new forum for crisis consultations and decision-making, where NATO and Ukraine will meet as equals; and the reaffirmation that Ukraine will become a member of NATO and agreement to remove the requirement for a Membership Action Plan, changing Ukraine's membership path from a two-step process to a one-step process.
  • Strengthened deterrence and defence
    • Strengthened deterrence and defence NATO Leaders agreed to further enhance NATO's deterrence and defence posture in all domains, including strengthening forward defences and the Alliance's ability to rapidly reinforce any Ally that comes under threat. The Alliance put in place a new generation of three regional defence plans for the north, the centre and the south of NATO that build on existing strategic and domain-specific plans. To execute these plans, NATO will put 300,000 troops at higher readiness, including substantial air and naval combat power.
  • More ambitious defence investment pledge
    • More ambitious defence investment pledge NATO Leaders set a new and more ambitious defence investment pledge, in which Allies will invest a minimum of 2% of Gross Domestic Product annually on defence to resource NATO's new defence plans and force model, as well as to contribute to the Alliance's operations, missions and activities in a more contested security environment.
  • Deepened cooperation with partners
    • Deepened cooperation with partners NATO Allies agreed to deepen cooperation with partners from the Indo-Pacific region, namely Australia, Japan, the Republic of Korea and New Zealand. NATO will continue to work with them closely on issues such as cyber security, hybrid threats, maritime security, climate change and new technologies. Their already second participation in the NATO meetings at summit level shows that security is not regional but global, and is underpinned by the shared commitment to upholding international law and the rules-based international order.


Key topics on the agenda

At the Vilnius Summit, NATO Leaders will address a wide variety of issues facing the Alliance and ensure that NATO remains ready to respond to any challenge. Click through the links below to explore the key topics on the agenda.

To find more information on NATO-related subjects, search the Encyclopedia of NATO topics.


NATO Public Forum 2023

In parallel to the Vilnius Summit, the city will host the NATO Public Forum – an event that aims to promote a better public understanding of NATO's policies, goals and decisions through dialogue and engagement with a unique and diverse group of stakeholders. Organised by NATO and civil society organisations (the Eastern Europe Studies Centre, the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Munich Security Conference and the Atlantic Council of the United States), the forum will offer panel discussions, debates and interactive sessions about various topics on NATO's agenda.

To find out more about the Public Forum, visit its official page.

Public Forum


Visit Vilnius

Local landmarks in Vilnius have been decorated with distinctive symbols to mark the 2023 NATO Summit. Click through the gallery below to see the city decked out in NATO blue!

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Discover the host country

Lithuania has been a valued member of the Alliance for almost two decades. 2023 is the first time that it will host a NATO summit.

Lithuania joined NATO in the spring of 2004, alongside Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia in the largest wave of enlargement in NATO's history.

Lithuania has demonstrated its commitment to NATO in many ways, including by hosting a NATO multinational battlegroup, as well as contributing troops to many NATO-led missions and exercises.

The legend of Lithuania's Iron Wolf

For homeland, freedom and honour. That is the motto of the Lithuanian "Iron Wolf" brigade, which makes up the core unit of the Lithuanian Armed Forces. Where does their name come from? And how is it connected to the capital Vilnius?

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A year of milestones

For Lithuania, 2023 is not only the year of its first-ever hosted NATO summit. It also marks the 700th anniversary of its capital city Vilnius.

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Lithuania at NATO

Find out more about Lithuania's Permanent Delegation to NATO Headquarters.

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Quiz: Which NATO summit are you?

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