On the Agenda

Madrid Summit, 29-30 June 2022

  • 29 Jun. 2022 -
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  • Last updated: 23 Jun. 2022 14:14


NATO Leaders are meeting in Madrid at a pivotal time for our security. Russia's war against Ukraine has shattered peace in Europe, caused far-reaching energy and food crises, and shaken the rules-based international order. NATO's response has been swift and united.

More than ever, NATO is the indispensable platform for transatlantic consultations and cooperation on security and defence. At the Madrid Summit, Allies will continue to adapt, taking decisions to keep NATO strong and ready in a more dangerous world. Heads of State and Government will agree to strengthen deterrence and defence, and support Ukraine for the longer term. They will agree the 2022 Strategic Concept, which will be a roadmap for the Alliance in the years to come. Allies will also boost cooperation with partners, enhance resilience and sharpen NATO's technological edge – all underpinned by the necessary investments in our collective defence.

Summit meetings
Member countries
NATO Secretary General

2022 NATO Summit – see basic information and latest updates about the Madrid Summit.
NATO 2022 Strategic Concept  – learn about one of the Alliance's key documents and how it is created.
Strategic concepts


I. Strengthening NATO's long-term deterrence and defence

NATO is a defensive Alliance. In response to the new security reality, the Alliance has reinforced its ability to protect and defend every inch of Allied territory. There are now over 40,000 troops under direct NATO command, backed by air and naval assets. NATO has doubled the number of battlegroups to eight, extending from the Baltic Sea in the north to the Black Sea in the south.

Collective defence - Article 5
Deterrence and defence
NATO's military presence in the east of the Alliance
NATO Response Force

At the Summit, NATO Leaders will significantly strengthen the Alliance's posture for the long term, with more presence, capabilities and readiness. Ensuring NATO remains fit for the future will require adequate resources and continued investment in defence.

NATO's capabilities
Cyber defence
Weapons of mass destruction
Combined Joint Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Defence Task Force
NATO Integrated Air and Missile Defence
Ballistic Missile Defence
Air policing: securing NATO airspace
NATO's maritime activities
Readiness Action Plan
Rapid Deployable Corps
Rapid Air Mobility
Strategic airlift
Strategic sealift
NATO's nuclear deterrence policy and forces
NATO exercises
Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance
AWACS: NATO's 'eyes in the sky'

Funding NATO
Information on defence expenditures

Operations and missions: past and present
NATO's role in Kosovo
NATO Mission Iraq



II. Sustaining support for Ukraine

Allies are providing strong military and financial support to help Ukraine uphold its right to self-defence, as enshrined in the United Nations Charter. This builds on years of NATO training and assistance since Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014. Since Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, Allies have significantly stepped up with billions of euros' worth of additional lethal and non-lethal aid to help Ukraine prevail. At the Summit, Allied Heads of State and Government will meet with Ukraine and agree to step up and sustain NATO support for the longer term.

NATO's response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine
Relations with Ukraine
Relations with Russia
NATO-Russia: setting the record straight



III. Launching NATO's 2022 Strategic Concept  

Strategic concepts equip the Alliance to respond to current security challenges and guide its political and military development so that it is equally prepared to face the challenges of tomorrow. Apart from NATO's founding treaty, they are the Alliance's most important documents, serving as a blueprint for future adaptation. In Madrid, Leaders will endorse a new Strategic Concept, which will assess our changed security environment and reaffirm NATO's values, purpose and tasks. It will set out NATO's joint positions, including on Russia and emerging challenges, and for the first time, it will also address China.

Strategic concepts
NATO 2022 Strategic Concept  – learn about one of the Alliance's key documents and how it is created.



IV. Reinforcing partnerships and maintaining an Open Door

In an era of strategic competition, as authoritarian regimes contest core principles for our security, the Alliance must work even more closely with like-minded countries and organisations. NATO's partnership with the European Union has reached unprecedented levels. Finland and Sweden have taken historic decisions to join NATO, demonstrating the importance of the Open Door policy. At the Summit, NATO will further step up support to Georgia and other partners to build their capabilities and strengthen their resilience. The leaders of our Asia-Pacific partners Australia, Japan, the Republic of Korea and New Zealand are taking part for the first time in a NATO Summit.

Enlargement and Article 10
A "comprehensive approach" to crises
Relations with the European Union
Relations with Finland
Relations with Sweden
Relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina
Relations with Georgia
Relations with the Republic of Moldova
Mediterranean Dialogue
Istanbul Cooperation Initiative
Relations with Asia-Pacific partners
Relations with partners across the globe

Partnerships: projecting stability through cooperation
Euro-Atlantic Partnership
Partnership for Peace programme
Partnership tools
Defence and Related Security Capacity Building Initiative
Education and training
Centres of Excellence



V. Adapting to threats and challenges from any direction

The Madrid Summit is an important milestone in NATO's ongoing adaptation to address threats and challenges from any direction. These include terrorism, cyber attacks, China's coercive policies, disruptive technologies and the security impact of climate change.  A broad approach to security also includes a strong focus on resilience – NATO's first line of defence.

NATO Leaders will take decisions to maintain our technological edge, including through the new Defence Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic and a billion euro Innovation Fund, to support start-ups and develop cutting-edge solutions to security challenges.

Climate change is a defining challenge of our time, and Allies are working to incorporate it into everything the Organization does. At the Summit, Leaders will agree a new methodology to map military greenhouse gas emissions, and a target to help NATO contribute to the goal of Net Zero.

Countering terrorism
Cyber defence
Emerging and disruptive technologies

Environment, climate change and security
NATO's role in energy security
Science for Peace and Security Programme

NATO's response to hybrid threats
Resilience and civil preparedness - Article 3
Military medical support
Reserve forces

Human security
Women, Peace and Security



VI. Transatlantic unity and Alliance solidarity

NATO is the most successful alliance in history. The transatlantic bond between Europe and North America has ensured our freedom and security for over 70 years. Today, as we face the most serious security situation in decades, the Alliance is rising to the challenge with unity and resolve. The decisions that Leaders take in Madrid will ensure that NATO continues to preserve peace, prevent conflict and protect our people and our values.

NATO's purpose
The consultation process and Article 4
Transparency and accountability

Multinational capability cooperation
NATO Defence Planning Process
Military organisation and structures


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