Updated: 19-Nov-2002 November 2002

21 Nov. 2002


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News, documents, photos and live webcasts from the meeting will be provided in real-time. Visit NATO’s Prague Summit website at www.nato.int/prague for extensive background information and up-to-date news.

Countdown to Prague Summit

On 21 and 22 November, Heads of State and Government from NATO and partner countries are meeting in Prague to decide on the Alliance’s future roles and tasks.

Summit meetings are held at landmark moments in NATO's evolution and aim to adapt Alliance policies to changing needs and circumstances. This will be the 16th Summit in NATO’s history.

“Prague will be a major turning point in NATO’s ability to deliver the security that we all need,” said NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson, “With new membership, new missions and new military capabilities, NATO's transformation will make a quantum leap forward.”

On the Agenda

What is the Prague Summit expected to deliver? A transformed NATO, capable of dealing with the new threats and challenges of the 21st century.

  • New threats – Heads of State and Government are expected to unveil a package of measures to enhance the Alliance's capacity to fight terrorism and weapons of mass destruction;
  • New military capabilities – NATO nations will take a joint position on the acquisition of the capabilities essential to today's operations such as: heavy lift, air tankers, precision guided weapons, chemical and biological defences, ground surveillance radars; they will endorse the creation of a special NATO rapid response force; and NATO's command and force structure will be streamlined.
  • Enlargement - NATO will continue its process of enlargement by inviting one or more aspirant countries to join the Alliance.
  • New relationships – the Alliance will deepen and enhance its partnerships with non-NATO countries and other international organisations. This is likely to include the launching of a Partnership Action Plan against terrorism.

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