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Executive Summary and Key Policy Recommendations
NATO has played an important role in the domain of civil emergency response for twenty years. On 3 June 1998, the Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) was established. The EADRCC is NATO’s principal civil emergency response mechanism.
The EADRCC stands ready as a 24/7 clearing-house mechanism for the coordination of requests and offers of international assistance amongst NATO Allies and partners.
In developing a concept on the Protection of Civilians (PoC), NATO should consider a cautionary approach, recognizing that the policy adopted by the Warsaw Summit emerges from decades of failure to protect civilians in conflict (NATO, 2016). These failures range from ethnic cleansing in the Balkans, genocide in Rwanda, civilian casualties in Afghanistan, security gaps in Libya, and the inability of the international community to protect civilians during the war in Syria.
Brussels, 22 May 2017 - Exacerbated by climate change, food and water shortages in the Middle East and North Africa risk triggering more conflict and mass migration with serious security implications for the wider world, lawmakers from NATO’s Parliamentary Assembly warn in a new draft report to be discussed on 27 May.
NATO marked the International Day for Mine Awareness on Tuesday (4 April 2017), observed annually to highlight the deadly threat that mines pose to civilians’ lives and nations’ development. NATO has a strong track record in humanitarian demining, working with partners ranging from Ukraine to Afghanistan, and from Georgia to Egypt. To date, the Alliance has helped destroy more than 5 million anti-personnel landmines, as well as 642,000 pieces of unexploded ordnance.
NATO has developed a multinational telemedicine system, enabling medical specialists to provide real-time recommendations to first responders at emergency scenes or in combat zones. On Friday (24 February 2017), a high-level conference at NATO headquarters marked the completion of this project, supported by the NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu met on Monday (7 March 2016) to discuss the conflict and instability on NATO’s southern borders. Mr. Stoltenberg thanked Turkey for its efforts to tackle the current refugee and migrant crisis and stressed that NATO stands in solidarity with Turkey.
We have just agreed the modalities of NATO’s support in responding to the refugee and migrant crisis.
NATO Defence Ministers took a swift decision two weeks ago to respond to the proposals by Germany, Greece and Turkey. Since then, intense work has been underway.
We will participate in international efforts to cut the lines of illegal trafficking and illegal migration in the Aegean Sea. Because this crisis affects us all. And we all have to find solutions.
NATO Defence Ministers agreed that NATO will provide support to assist with the refugee and migrant crisis on Thursday (11 February 2016). “The goal is to participate in the international efforts to stem the illegal trafficking and illegal migration in the Aegean,” Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said.
NATO is developing a multinational telemedicine system to improve access to health services and increase survival rates in emergency situations, including in remote areas. The technology was successfully live tested during a field exercise in Lviv, Ukraine in September 2015, attended by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko
NATO met Thursday [11 September] with senior representatives of the Romeo Dallaire Child Soldiers initiative and the United Nations (UN) Institute for Training and Research to discuss ways of improving the protection of children in armed conflicts.
“The question of Children and Armed Conflict needs to be regarded as a security problem”, Dr. Shelly Whitman, Executive Director of the Romeo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative, stressed.
The L.I.F.E. Concept was born out of CJOS COE‟s participation to the U.S. Navy relief efforts following the earthquake in Haiti reinforced with experience in humanitarian operations in Somalia and Sudan. This operation clearly underlined the pressing requirement for better mechanisms and processes to improve the coordination between the military and humanitarian entities working together to assist victims of natural or industrial disasters during Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations.
Leading NATO officials and female representatives from Tunisia, Jordan, Libya, Yemen, Morocco and Rwanda discussed progress made in promoting the role of women in peace and security at a conference from 28-29 March.
The aim of the conference was to review the implementation of the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 in the wake of the first anniversary of the start of the Arab Awakening.
BACKGROUND AND POLITICAL CONTEXT
The NATO Handbook is published as a reference
book on the Alliance and on Alliance policies. The formulations used reflect
as closely as possible the consensus among the member nations which is
the basis for all Alliance decisions. However, the Handbook is not a formally
agreed NATO document and therefore may not represent the official opinions
or positions of individual governments on every issue discussed.
The handbook provides a comprehensive analysis of the evolution of the Alliance up to autumn 2005.