NATO Secretary General convenes second meeting of Senior National Resilience Officials
Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed senior Allied officials responsible for resilience to the NATO Headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday (7 November 2023). Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Olha Stefanishyna addressed Allies virtually from Kyiv and underscored the crucial role of national resilience in defending against armed attacks. Officials from the European External Action Service also provided inputs on how they are helping Ukraine strengthen its resilience.
The Secretary General underlined the importance of collective resilience to address the full range of threats we face, from pandemics and climate change, to armed conflict. Allies discussed challenges to resilience across the Euro-Atlantic area, including the wider implications of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine. They underlined the need for enhanced societal resilience, and more effective cooperation between the civilian and military sectors and across governments.
This second meeting on senior Allied resilience officials follows the endorsement of the 2023 resilience objectives by NATO leaders at the Vilnius Summit. The Secretary General urged Allies to continue their work to translate Alliance-wide objectives into their national resilience goals and implementation plans. Annual meetings of the senior officials for resilience were established as part of the NATO 2030 agenda to better coordinate national resilience efforts and enhance consultations within NATO.