NATO Information and Documentation Centre (NIDC)
The continuing development of cooperation between NATO and Ukraine led to the establishment of the NATO Information and Documentation Centre in Ukraine (NIDC) in May 1997. The Centre was inaugurated on the eve of signing the NATO-Ukraine Charter on a Distinctive Partnership, which serves as the founding document for the relationship between NATO and Ukraine.
The NIDC is part of the NATO Public Diplomacy Division and was the first information office established by NATO in a Partner country, and open to the general public. The Centre is housed within the Institute of International Relations courtesy of the Ukrainian government.
Staff: Director (Canada/NATO HQ) + locally engaged employees
The Centre’s core mission:
- Enhancing general knowledge and understanding in Ukraine about NATO, its core goals and priorities
- Promoting awareness in Ukrainian society at large on the various aspects of NATO-Ukraine cooperation
- Providing Ukrainian citizens and organizations with wide access to NATO’s information materials
- Assisting Ukraine in implementing the Annual National Programmes
- Supporting NATO-Ukraine Political Dialogue
- Holding regular press briefings by the Director and giving interviews on NATO events and developments to the local media
- Providing NATO produced publications in English, French, Ukrainian and Russian
- Civil society organizations involved in defence and security issues
- Ukrainian mass media
- Government Institutions: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ukrainian Parliament, Cabinet of Ministers, National Security and Defence Council, Presidential Administration, Ministry of Defence, Security Service, Ministry of Emergencies, State Border Guard Service, other institutions
The following reflect the three key areas of the NIDC’s activity, but are not limited to:
The NIDC provides and shares up-to-date information with all Ukrainian stakeholders on developments in NATO and NATO- Ukraine relations.
The NIDC organizes various communications projects, including seminars, video teleconferences, briefings, multimedia projects and interviews aimed at promoting a better understanding on NATO and NATO-Ukraine cooperation. For information on the NIDC and its activities, please visit www.nato.int/nidc.
The NIDC also awards grants on a regular basis throughout the year to recognized Ukrainian non-governmental organizations for a variety of initiatives and activities related to NATO and/or NATO-Ukraine relations. For more information and/or an application form, please contact the Centre at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In order to bring the diverse aspects of NATO-Ukraine cooperation into public view, the NIDC organizes press tours for local Ukrainian media, arranges speaking tours for NATO representatives through Ukraine and supports visits of NATO dignitaries to Ukraine.
The NIDC also organizes public information visits to NATO headquarters and SHAPE for various Ukrainian stakeholders, including government representatives, students and academics, journalists, the media and civil society representatives. The visits are aimed at providing Ukrainian citizens with the first-hand opportunity to attend briefings given by NATO representatives, ask questions and exchange views.