The 31st formal meeting of heads of government of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) was recently held on June 14, 2021, in Brussels, Belgium.
NATO summit 2021 is also being dubbed as Brussels summit of NATO.
Agenda of the meeting:
- Major topics under discussion include NATO’s role in a changing geostrategic environment, collective defence, emerging technologies, climate change and security, and other important issues.
- NATO Leaders took decisions about future of NATO and agreed on concrete measures to adapt NATO in accordance with NATO 2030 agenda.
- NATO is an acronym for North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
- It is an intergovernmental military alliance between 30 North American and European countries.
- The organization implements the North Atlantic Treaty that was signed on 4 April 1949
- It is headquartered in Headquarters: Brussels, Belgium.
- On 4 March 1947, the Treaty of Dunkirk was signed by France and the United Kingdom as a Treaty of Alliance and Mutual Assistance in the event of a possible attack by Germany or the Soviet Union in the aftermath of World War II.
- The US, Canada, Italy, Denmark, Norway, Portugal and Iceland joined the treaty in 1949.
- The first NATO military exercise was held in 1952.
- NATO was the first peacetime military alliance the United States entered into outside of the Western Hemisphere.
- Originally, NATO had 12 members which have increased to 30 now.
- The most recent member state is North Macedonia which was added to the organization on March 27, 2020.
- Aspiring members include- Bosnia & Herzegovina, Georgia, and Ukraine.