• Last updated: 12 Jul. 2024 14:55

2024 NATO Summit
Marking 75 years of the Alliance

Seventy-five years ago, 12 countries signed the North Atlantic Treaty in Washington, D.C. to ensure their collective defence in an unpredictable world.

This year, 32 NATO Allies will meet again in Washington, D.C. to make key decisions on how to continue to protect their one billion citizens as the world faces the most dangerous security environment since the Cold War.

 

WHO

NATO Heads of State and Government and key partners

WHERE

Washington, D.C., United States

WHEN

9-11 July 2024

WHY

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

 

Key decisions

On 9-11 July, NATO Leaders met in Washington, D.C., where the North Atlantic Treaty – NATO’s founding document – was signed in 1949. They gathered to commemorate NATO’s 75th anniversary and took important decisions to set the strategic direction for the future of the Alliance. Find out more about the key decisions below, and read the full Washington Summit Declaration and the Statement of the NATO-Ukraine Council for more information.

  • Deterrence and defence
    • Deterrence and defence Allies welcomed news that defence expenditure by European Allies and Canada has experienced the biggest increase in decades. They also reaffirmed their commitment to investing 2% of Gross Domestic Product in defence with a record 23 Allies reaching that threshold this year. Allies renewed their commitment to implementing the Defence Investment Pledge agreed in Vilnius in 2023, and delivering on previous Summit decisions to modernise NATO for a new era of collective defence. They pledged to expand their defence industrial capacity, to further enhance NATO’s Integrated Air and Missile Defence with new ballistic missile defence assets, and to boost NATO’s cyber defence with a new NATO Integrated Cyber Defence Centre. Allies remain determined to bolster transatlantic defence industrial cooperation, acting urgently to deliver the most critical capabilities, and reinforcing the commitment to NATO standards underscored by the adoption of the NATO Industrial Capacity Expansion Pledge.
  • Support to Ukraine
    • Support to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine was warmly welcomed to the Washington Summit and Allies reaffirmed that they will continue to support Ukraine on its irreversible path to full Euro-Atlantic integration, including NATO membership. Heads of State and Government issued a Statement of the NATO-Ukraine Council, in which Allies welcomed the launch of the NATO Security Assistance and Training for Ukraine (NSATU) in Wiesbaden, Germany with logistical hubs on NATO’s eastern flank, and to coordinate the provision of military equipment and training for Ukraine. Allies also welcomed the establishment of the NATO-Ukraine Joint Analysis, Training and Education Centre (JATEC) to identify and implement lessons learned during Russia’s war of aggression, and increase Ukraine’s interoperability with NATO. They also announced a Pledge of Long-Term Security Assistance for Ukraine for the provision of military equipment, assistance and training, providing a minimum baseline funding of EUR 40 billion within the next year, and sustainable levels of security assistance in the future.
  • Partnerships
    • Partnerships Allies welcomed leaders from Australia, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea and the European Union to discuss common security challenges and areas of cooperation. NATO-EU cooperation has reached unprecedented levels and Allies resolved to continue strengthening this important partnership. The Alliance will also continue to enhance political dialogue and practical cooperation with the Western Balkans, and remains committed to engagement in the region, including via the Kosovo Force (KFOR). With regard to NATO’s southern neighbourhood, Allies adopted an action plan for a stronger, more strategic and result-oriented approach toward the region, and invited the Secretary General to designate a Special Representative who will serve as NATO’s focal point for its southern neighbourhood and coordinate NATO’s efforts there.
 

At the Washington Summit, we will demonstrate NATO’s unity and strength once again – in support of Ukraine, and to keep all our people and values safe.

- Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General

 

Key topics on the agenda

At the Washington 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 about NATO-related subjects, search the Encyclopedia of NATO topics.

 

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The NATO Through Time podcast features diverse voices from NATO member countries – including former Presidents, Prime Ministers, Foreign and Defence Ministers, military officers, NATO officials, historians, journalists and young citizens – answering these questions and reflecting on NATO’s past, present and future.

NATO Public Forum 2024

In parallel to the Washington 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. This year, the NATO Public Forum is co-hosted by NATO and the Government of the United States, in collaboration with the Atlantic Council, the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), GLOBSEC, the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) and the Hudson Institute. 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

The art of diplomacy:
Guess the NATO summit based on its logo

Before each summit, NATO develops a logo that aims to represent the unique spirit and setting of the meeting. These emblems are more than aesthetically pleasing symbols. Designed in cooperation with the host country, they often reflect the location and culture of the nation, or represent NATO anniversaries, milestones or key decisions. Can you tell which NATO summit was represented by each of the logos below? Test your knowledge and learn more about the significance of these important symbols, which have been displayed at NATO Leaders’ meetings over the past decades.

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Learn more about the significance of this year’s summit

2024 marks 75 years of NATO. To reflect this milestone, the summit will take place in the same location where NATO’s founding treaty was signed: Washington, D.C. Follow the links below to learn more about NATO’s 75th anniversary year, the Washington Treaty, and the US and NATO.