Secretary General participates in NATO Youth Summit 2024

  • 13 May. 2024 -
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  • Last updated: 13 May. 2024 18:04

Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg fielded questions posed by young leaders from both sides of the Atlantic as he participated in NATO’s fourth annual Youth Summit on Monday (13 May 2024).

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg participates virtually in NATO’s 2024 Youth Summit, taking place in Stockholm, Miami, and online

Speaking in front of an audience of young staff members at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, the Secretary General described security as fundamental to meeting major global challenges, from climate change to poverty alleviation. Mr Stoltenberg stressed the importance of continued defence investment given evolving security challenges, and underlined the enduring significance of NATO’s Article 5 collective security guarantee – underlining that an attack on one Ally would be regarded as an attack on all. The Secretary General also answered questions about NATO’s support to Ukraine, and its vital work with partners in the Indo-Pacific.

Admiral Rob Bauer, Chair of NATO’s Military Committee, also addressed the Youth Summit from Stockholm. He stressed the importance of Allies’ individual and collective capacity to resist armed attack, as set out in the Washington Treaty, the need to have a resilient mind-set and the ability to expect the unexpected.

This year’s Youth Summit is taking place in two locations – Miami and Stockholm – with virtual watch parties happening simultaneously across the Alliance and beyond, including in Kyiv.