News: NATO Summit 2022, 28-Jun-2022

NATO leaders met in Madrid, Spain to discuss important issues facing the Alliance. The Madrid Summit set NATO’s strategic direction for the future, ensuring that the Alliance will continue to adapt to a changing world and ensure the security of its billion people.

Summit in a nutshell

  • Who: Heads of State and Government of NATO member countries and key partners
  • What: discussed the most pressing security issues of today and tomorrow and endorsed NATO’s new Strategic Concept
  • Where: Madrid, Spain
  • When: June 29-30, 2022
  • Why: To ensure that NATO continues to fulfill its primary purpose and greatest responsibility: to ensure the collective defense of its member countries and to ensure the security of our billion people

Key decisions

At the Madrid Summit, NATO leaders took important and transformative decisions that set the Alliance’s strategic direction for the short and long term future. See the key points below and read the full statement from the Allied Heads of State and Government Summit for more information.

Strategic Concept 2022

  • NATO Policy Document, reflecting the new security reality that has emerged since the adoption of the previous Strategic Concept in 2010
  • identifies Russia as the most significant and direct threat to Allied security, addresses China for the first time and includes other challenges such as terrorism, cyber and hybrids
  • download the 2022 Strategic Concept

Enhanced deterrence and defense

Invest more in defense

  • commitment reaffirmed by the Allies to devote at least 2% of their GDP to defense by 2024
  • more common funding for NATO

Support for Ukraine and other partners at risk

  • an enhanced comprehensive assistance program for Ukraine, including support in areas such as secure communications, anti-drone systems and fuel
  • long-term assistance to Ukraine in transitioning from Soviet-era military equipment to modern NATO equipment
  • new support programs for other partners at risk, including Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia and the Republic of Moldova

Adapting the Alliance to emerging challenges

  • agreement to reduce NATO’s greenhouse gas emissions as an organization by at least 45% by 2030, to net zero by 2050
  • launch of the NATO Innovation Fund, which will invest €1 billion over the next 15 years in start-ups developing emerging dual-use technologies, such as artificial intelligence
  • commit to continue to build national and collective resilience, so that allied societies are prepared for any threat or challenge
  • Australia, Japan, New Zealand and the Republic of Korea attended a NATO summit for the first time to deepen cooperation and address global challenges

Finland and Sweden join

  • official invitation of Finland and Sweden to become members of NATO
  • reaffirmed its commitment to NATO’s open door policy for future members

The challenges of the south

  • re-engagement in the fight against terrorism and NATO’s 360-degree approach to deterrence and defense
  • discussion of the food crisis caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the growing influence of Russia and China in the Alliance’s southern neighborhood
  • new support packages for partner countries Mauritania and Tunisia

Reaffirming NATO’s Common Values

  • a reaffirmed Allied ironclad commitment to collective defense and the importance of the transatlantic bond that unites NATO
  • an equally strong commitment to the rules-based international order and to the Allies’ common values ​​of individual freedom, human rights, democracy and the rule of law
  • agreement on the further promotion of gender equality and the integration of human security and the Women, Peace and Security program into all of NATO’s core tasks

Strategic Concept 2022

At the Madrid summit, NATO adopted its new strategic concept.

This key document reaffirms NATO’s values, purpose and tasks. It provides a collective assessment of the security challenges facing the Alliance and describes the political and military tasks that NATO will undertake to meet them.

The Strategic Concept is the result of internal consultation among Allies and external engagement with partners, other international organizations, expert communities, youth organizations, civil society and the private sector.

Learn more about the Strategic design.

On today’s agenda

How has Russia’s brutal and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine and the new security reality in Europe affected NATO’s approach to deterrence and defence?

What is the Alliance doing to address other challenges, such as China’s growing influence and assertiveness or the security implications of climate change?

What will NATO’s next Strategic Concept contain, the Alliance’s blueprint for future adaptation to a more competitive world where authoritarian powers are trying to push back against the rules-based international order?

These are just some of the important issues NATO leaders discussed at the Madrid summit.

TOPICS: View a full summary and read general information about the key topics on the agenda.

PROGRAM: To follow key moments from the summit, explore the detailed program, which includes news, transcripts, photos, audio and video as they unfolded.

The host country

Spain is hosting the 2022 NATO summit in a banner year – the 40th anniversary of its NATO membership.

Spain became the 16th country to join NATO on May 30, 1982. The newest member brought a lot to the table by joining the 33-year-old Alliance – not only its military capabilities and its vital geostrategic position for defense of Western Europe (positioned between the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean), but also its diplomatic competence and its political relations with Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa.

Eventually, a Spanish diplomat would serve as Secretary General of NATO, guiding the Alliance through its first major peacekeeping operation and its transition from a Cold War organization to a security organization. fully flexible engaged with new partners and prepared for new threats and challenges.

Learn more about Spain’s history in the Alliance on Declassified NATO.

Did you know?

Madrid hosted a NATO summit 25 years ago on July 8-9, 1997.

One of the notable decisions taken by NATO leaders at this summit was to invite the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland – the first post-Cold War member countries – to start talks on membership with NATO.

Check out this blast from the past website for photos and information.

Beautiful Madrid

Click through the gallery below to see how Madrid painted the city NATO blue!

NATO Public Forum

Alongside the Madrid Summit, a public forum brought together stakeholders beyond the traditional security and defense community in a discussion on the future of the Alliance.

Organized by four leading civil society organizations – the Royal Elcano Institute, the German Marshall Fund, the Munich Security Conference and the Atlantic Council – the Public Forum brought together experts and decision-makers from around to add new perspectives to the Summit.

The full live stream of the event is available on NATO YouTube:

  • Day 1 focused on the High Level Dialogue on Climate and Security, as well as a special address by His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain.
  • Day 2 included panel discussions on NATO in an era of great power competition, the advancement of NATO’s technological advance, the situation in Ukraine, the future of deterrence and defense in the Euro-Atlantic area and its neighbourhood, the fight against hybrid threats, the transatlantic link and NATO’s objective in a changing world.

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