New Seminar on Strategic Concept

  • 16 Oct. 2009 -
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  • Press Release (2009) 150
  • Issued on 13 Oct. 2009
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  • Last updated: 14 Oct. 2009 12:06

The discussion on the new Strategic Concept of NATO is entering a more intensive phase. On 16th October, 2009 a high level seminar addressing fundamental security tasks of the Alliance will take place in Luxembourg.

Hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Luxembourg the event will bring together members of the Group of Experts appointed by the Secretary General, government officials, military representatives and many other opinion leaders. The programme of this seminar (see attachment) will consist of a series of discussions centred on such themes as a changing security environment, core tasks of NATO, the Alliance’s political role and its strategy in the 21st century.

The seminar will be presided over by the Hon. Madeleine K. Albright. On behalf of NATO, the Deputy Secretary General of NATO, Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero will address the seminar with H.E. Jean Asselborn, the Foreign Minister of Luxembourg and H.E. Jean-Marie Halsdorf, the Defence Minister of Luxembourg providing, respectively, welcome and closing remarks to participants.

Media advisory – events open to the media

 16 October 2009
 9.30-9.50 Opening session: remarks by Minister Asselborn, Ambassador Bisogniero and The Hon. Madeleine K.Albright
 18.10-18.30  Concluding session: remarks by The Hon. Madeleine Albright and Minister Halsdorf

There is a limited number of passes available to interested media representatives, who should contact Mr. Damien ARNAUD, no later 9h30 on Thursday, 15 October. Arrivals for accredited media will be no later than 8.30 on Friday 16 October at the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce.

Video and still images of the opening and closing sessions will be available on the NATO Website after each event and upon request for broadcast-quality feeds.

More information on NATO’s New Strategic Concept is available at