NATO Latest Newshttp://www.nato.intWhat´s new at NATO Headquarters?enNATONew NATO Innovation Challenge opens to entrepreneurs and inventorsThe latest edition of the NATO Innovation Challenge was launched on Monday (19 August 2019), under the theme: “Optimising leader development”. The competition aims to tap into pools of private sector innovators (entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, scientists, coders, etc.) to find new, creative and efficient ways for NATO to respond to security challenges and potential crises.http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_168396.htm16839619 Aug. 2019 12:00:00 GMTAegis Ashore ballistic missile defence system in Romania completes scheduled updateNATO's Aegis Ashore Ballistic Missile Defence site in Romania completed a long-planned update on Friday (9 August 2019).http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_168377.htm16837709 Aug. 2019 12:00:00 GMTNATO Secretary General concludes visit to Australia and New ZealandNATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg paid his respects at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra on Thursday (8 August 2019), concluding an official visit to Australia and New Zealand. Mr. Stoltenberg laid a wreath in honour of the Australian armed forces and those members who lost their lives in conflict. Later, the Secretary General addressed an event hosted by the Institute for Regional Security and the Australian National University's Strategic and Defence Studies Centre.http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_168375.htm16837508 Aug. 2019 12:00:00 GMTNATO Secretary General signs partnership plan, welcomes deepening cooperation with AustraliaSecretary General Jens Stoltenberg praised Australia’s contributions to international security and its deepening partnership with NATO in a visit to Sydney on Wednesday (7 August 2019). Mr. Stoltenberg met with Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Foreign Minister Marise Payne and Defence Minister Linda Reynolds, and signed a renewed partnership agreement between NATO and Australia with Minister Reynolds aboard the HMAS Hobart. “Australia is a highly valued partner for the Alliance,” said the Secretary General, pointing to the country’s training deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq.http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_168288.htm16828807 Aug. 2019 12:00:00 GMTNATO Secretary General begins visit to New Zealand NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg began a two-day visit to New Zealand on Monday (5 August 2019) with stops in Christchurch and Wellington.http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_168205.htm16820505 Aug. 2019 12:00:00 GMTStatement by the North Atlantic Council on the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treatyhttp://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/official_texts_168164.htm16816402 Aug. 2019 12:00:00 GMTSecretary General: NATO response to INF Treaty demise will be measured and responsibleSecretary General Jens Stoltenberg marked the end of the INF Treaty with a press conference on Friday (2 August 2019), stressing that NATO's response will be "measured and responsible", ensuring credible and effective deterrence and defence.http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_168177.htm16817702 Aug. 2019 12:00:00 GMTNATO Secretary General to visit AustraliaThe NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg, will travel to Australia between Tuesday 6 August and Thursday 8 August 2019.http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_168176.htm16817602 Aug. 2019 12:00:00 GMTNATO Secretary General to visit New ZealandThe NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg, will travel to New Zealand on Monday 5 August and Tuesday 6 August 2019.http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_168173.htm16817301 Aug. 2019 12:00:00 GMTPress point by the NATO Secretary General on the INF TreatyOn Friday, 2 August 2019, the NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg will hold a press point on the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty at NATO Headquarters in Brussels.http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_168136.htm16813601 Aug. 2019 12:00:00 GMTNATO maritime groups change flagships Two of NATO's standing maritime task groups changed flagship duties during a port visit to Rota, Spain on Friday (26 July 2019). Standing NATO Maritime Group One is now led by the United States' guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley, and Standing NATO Maritime Group Two is now led by the Canadian frigate HMCS Halifax. Since the beginning of the year, the groups have completed patrols and exercises in the North Atlantic as well as the Mediterranean, Norwegian, North, Black and Baltic Seas.http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_168125.htm16812530 Jul. 2019 12:00:00 GMTNATO Secretary General meeting with the Minister of Defence of the Federal Republic of GermanyOn Wednesday, 31 July 2019, the NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg will meet the Minister of Defence of the Federal Republic of Germany, Ms. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer at his residence in Brussels.http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_168132.htm16813230 Jul. 2019 12:00:00 GMTNATO Secretary General to give public addresses in New Zealand and AustraliaNATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will give a series of three public addresses in New Zealand and Australia between 5 August and 8 August 2019.http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_168130.htm16813030 Jul. 2019 12:00:00 GMTClare Hutchinson - What is NATO’s commitment to gender equality? Women can play a key role in securing peace and security. Ensuring gender equality is also important for the development of our societies. Clare Hutchinson, the NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security, explains more about NATO’s commitment to these issues.http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_168117.htm16811726 Jul. 2019 12:00:00 GMTThe Chairman of the NATO Military Committee marks NATO’s 70th Anniversary at Royal International Air Tattoo The Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach attended the annual Air and Space Power Conference in London (18 July) before heading to the Royal International Air Tattoo in Fairford (19 to 21 July).http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_168079.htm16807924 Jul. 2019 12:00:00 GMTStatement by the NATO Spokesperson on the seizure of two ships in the Strait of HormuzWe condemn the seizure of two commercial ships in the Strait of Hormuz. This represents a clear challenge to international freedom of navigation. We urge Iran to immediately release the ships and their crew. The UK has made clear that their priority is to address the situation through dialogue and diplomacy. NATO supports all diplomatic efforts to resolve this situation. All Allies remain concerned by Iran's destabilising activities.http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_168036.htm16803620 Jul. 2019 12:00:00 GMTNATO ships exercise in the Black Sea Over 2,000 forces and 27 ships are taking part in exercise Breeze 2019 in the Black Sea. The Bulgarian-led maritime exercise, which began on 12 July, involves forces from 12 NATO Allies – Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, France, Greece, Italy, Poland, Romania, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States.http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_168031.htm16803119 Jul. 2019 12:00:00 GMTNATO Secretary General appoints Mircea Geoana as next Deputy Secretary GeneralNATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has decided to appoint Mircea Geoana from Romania as the next Deputy Secretary General. He will replace Rose Gottemoeller from the United States, who took up her position in October 2016.http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_167938.htm16793817 Jul. 2019 12:00:00 GMTLieutenant General Hans-Werner Wiermann, Director General of the NATO International Military Staff, starts his tenureChairman of the NATO Military Committee, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, and the Military Committee welcome the new Director General of the NATO International Military Staff (DGIMS), Lieutenant General Hans-Werner Wiermann.http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_167904.htm16790416 Jul. 2019 12:00:00 GMTNATO Secretary General: Canada makes essential contributions to international peace and securitySecretary General Jens Stoltenberg paid tribute on Monday (15 July 2019) to Canada’s vital role in the Alliance, including with forces for NATO missions and operations, and increased defence spending. Mr. Stoltenberg was speaking during a visit to Canadian Forces Base Petawawa with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_167854.htm16785415 Jul. 2019 12:00:00 GMT