1. A New Security Reality- a United Alliance

At the Summit, NATO Leaders will significantly strengthen the Alliance's posture for the long term, with more presence, capabilities and readiness. Ensuring NATO remains fit for the future will require adequate resources and continued investment in defence.

  • NATO’s capabilities
  • Cyber defence
  • Weapons of mass destruction
  • Combined Joint Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Defence Task Force
  • NATO Integrated Air and Missile Defence
  • Baltic Missile Defence
  • Air policing: securing NATO airspace
  • NATO’s maritime activities
  • Readiness Action Plan
  • Rapid Deployable Corps
  • Rapid Air Mobility
  • Strategic airlift
  • Strategic sealift
  • NATO’s nuclear deterrence policy and forces
  • NATO exercises
  • Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance
  • AWACS: NATO’s ‘eyes in the sky’
  • Funding NATO
  • Information on Defence expenditures
  • Operations and missions: past and present
  • NATO’s role in Kosovo
  • NATO Mission in Iraq

2. Sustaining Support For Ukraine

Allies are providing strong military and financial support to help Ukraine uphold its right to self-defence, as enshrined in the United Nations Charter. This builds on years of NATO training and assistance since Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014. Since Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, Allies have significantly stepped up with billions of euros' worth of additional lethal and non-lethal aid to help Ukraine prevail. At the Summit, Allied Heads of State and Government will meet with Ukraine and agree to step up and sustain NATO support for the longer term.

  • NATO’s response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
  • Relations with Ukraine
  • Relations with Russia
  • NATO-Russia: setting the record straight

3.Launching NATO’s 2022 Strategic Concept 

Strategic concepts equip the Alliance to respond to current security challenges and guide its political and military development so that it is equally prepared to face the challenges of tomorrow. Apart from NATO's founding treaty, they are the Alliance's most important documents, serving as a blueprint for future adaptation. In Madrid, Leaders will endorse a new Strategic Concept, which will assess our changed security environment and reaffirm NATO's values, purpose and tasks. It will set out NATO's joint positions, including on Russia and emerging challenges, and for the first time, it will also address China.

  • Strategic concepts
  • NATO 2022 Strategic Concept

4. Reinforcing Partnerships and Maintaining An Open Door

In an era of strategic competition, as authoritarian regimes contest core principles for our security, the Alliance must work even more closely with like-minded countries and organisations. NATO's partnership with the European Union has reached unprecedented levels. Finland and Sweden have taken historic decisions to join NATO, demonstrating the importance of the Open Door policy. At the Summit, NATO will further step up support to Georgia and other partners to build their capabilities and strengthen their resilience. The leaders of our Asia-Pacific partners Australia, Japan, the Republic of Korea and New Zealand are taking part for the first time in a NATO Summit.

  • Enlargement and Article 10
  • A “comprehensive approach” to crises
  • Relations with the European Union
  • Relations with Finland
  • Relations with Sweden
  • Relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Relations with Georgia
  • Relations with the Republic of Moldova
  • Mediterranean Dialogue
  • Istanbul Cooperation Initiative
  • Relations with Asia-Pacific partners
  • Relations with partners across the globe
  • Partnerships: projecting stability through cooperation
  • Euro-Atlantic Partnership
  • Partnership for Peace programme
  • Partnership tools
  • Defence and Related Security Capacity Building Initiative
  • Education and training
  • Centres of Excellence

5.Adapting To Threats And Challenges From Any Direction 

The Madrid Summit is an important milestone in NATO's ongoing adaptation to address threats and challenges from any direction. These include terrorism, cyber attacks, China's coercive policies, disruptive technologies and the security impact of climate change.  A broad approach to security also includes a strong focus on resilience – NATO's first line of defence.

NATO Leaders will take decisions to maintain our technological edge, including through the new Defence Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic and a billion euro Innovation Fund, to support start-ups and develop cutting-edge solutions to security challenges.

Climate change is a defining challenge of our time, and Allies are working to incorporate it into everything the Organization does. At the Summit, Leaders will agree a new methodology to map military greenhouse gas emissions, and a target to help NATO contribute to the goal of Net Zero.

  • Countering terrorism
  • Cyber defence
  • Emerging and disruptive technologies
  • Environment, climate change and security
  • NATO’s role in energy security
  • Science for Peace and Security Programme
  • NATO’s response to hybrid threats
  • Resilience and civil preparedness-Article 3
  • Standardization
  • Logistics
  • Military medical support
  • Reserve forces
  • Human security
  • Women, Peace and Security

6.Transatlantic Unity and Alliance Solidarity

NATO is the most successful alliance in history. The transatlantic bond between Europe and North America has ensured our freedom and security for over 70 years. Today, as we face the most serious security situation in decades, the Alliance is rising to the challenge with unity and resolve. The decisions that Leaders take in Madrid will ensure that NATO continues to preserve peace, prevent conflict and protect our people and our values.

  • NATO’s purpose
  • The consultation process and Article 4
  • Transparency and accountability
  • Multinational capability cooperation
  • NATO Defence Planning Process
  • Military organization and structures




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