NATO 2030 is about making sure our Alliance remains ready today to face tomorrow's challenges. And how NATO will continue to keep us safe in the next decade and beyond.
Expert group report to the NATO Secretary General
An independent group, co-chaired by Dr. Thomas de Maizière and Dr. Wess Mitchell, has completed on 25 November 2020 a report to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on how to make NATO an even stronger Alliance. The group's report is one of a number of inputs into the Secretary General's NATO 2030 initiative.
The Secretary General will continue to consult with Allies, parliamentarians, civil society, the private sector and youth. Based on all of these inputs, the Secretary General will put forward his recommendations to NATO Leaders when they meet next year.
NATO 2030 Youth Summit: reaching out to young leaders
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg hosted NATO's first ever Youth Summit, on 9 November 2020, in the framework of the NATO 2030 Initiative. “I am holding this Youth Summit NATO 2030 today because NATO 2030 is about your future, your freedom and your Alliance,” he emphasised. “Tomorrow’s leaders, both in North America and Europe- have the greatest stake in our security. So NATO 2030 is the chance for you to step up.”
Organised in cooperation with the Munich Security Conference, the Youth Summit brought together 18-35 year-old citizens from NATO member states and partner countries for an online conversation with the Secretary General and Allied Leaders. A series of interactive debates focused on keeping NATO strong militarily, making it stronger politically and taking a more global approach.
During the event, the Secretary General announced the establishment of the NATO 2030 Young Leaders, a group of 14 emerging leaders from across the Alliance, who will provide input to inform his recommendations for NATO 2030.
Youth video contest
During the Youth Summit, the Secretary General presented the four winning entries of a video contest organised ahead of the event. The video contest invited young people to share their feelings about security now and in 2030. Out of 52 entries, two winners were selected for each of the two categories:
- What will be the most significant threats to peace and security in 2030, and how will NATO need to adapt to counter them?
- How can NATO help to keep me and my family safe, now and in 2030?
The Secretary General welcomed the "many very impressive and thought-provoking entries about the future of our security."
Join the conversation
Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg wants to hear your ideas on how to make our strong Alliance even stronger.
Join the debate via the hashtag #NATO2030.
Watch the launch event NATO 2030
On Monday 8 June 2020, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg launched his reflection on strengthening the Alliance in an increasingly competitive world. The transatlantic online conversation linked Brussels with Washington, D.C., and was organised by the Atlantic Council and the German Marshall Fund of the United States in partnership with NATO's Public Diplomacy Division.
Watch the recording of the event.
Read the news
In December 2019 NATO Leaders invited NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to lead a forward-looking reflection process to strengthen NATO's political dimension. To support him, the Secretary General has appointed an independent group of ten experts. NATO is also engaging with Allies, public and private sector experts, and young leaders to provide fresh thinking. The Secretary General's recommendations will inform the direction NATO Leaders set out when they meet in 2021.