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Prime Minister concludes productive NATO Summit

BRUSSELS, June 14, 2021 /CNW/ - The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today participated in the NATO Summit in Brussels, Belgium. At the Summit, leaders discussed threats and challenges affecting transatlantic security and joint efforts to strengthen shared commitments to keep our people safe. Leaders also welcomed an ambitious NATO 2030 agenda that will continue NATO's adaptation to address evolving security challenges, including the security implications of climate change.

During the meeting, Prime Minister Trudeau reiterated Canada's unwavering commitment to NATO and to Alliance values, including individual liberty, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law. The Prime Minister highlighted Canada's contributions and leadership within NATO, including our leadership of the enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group in Latvia, our command of Standing NATO Maritime Group One, with Her Majesty's Canadian Ship Halifax as its flagship, as well as our contributions to NATO Mission Iraq and NATO's Kosovo Force.

Climate change is one of the greatest threats of our time, impacting all of our people and our global security. Prime Minister Trudeau announced Canada's proposal to establish and host a new NATO Centre of Excellence on Climate and Security and work with Allies as the Centre's framework nation. It would provide Allies with a central location to pool their knowledge and develop effective preparedness and responses to the security impacts of climate change.

The Prime Minister also announced Canada's contribution of $1 million to the NATO Trust Fund to support United Nations (UN) peace operations. This project aims to increase the safety and security of peacekeepers deploying to UN peace operations around the world.

Recognizing the increasingly broad and sophisticated cyber threats facing Allies, Prime Minister Trudeau highlighted that Canada is providing cyber effects to NATO. This contribution will help shape how cyber operations will be integrated into NATO missions and operations. The Prime Minister reiterated that Canada's cyber operations will be subject to all applicable domestic and international law.

Prime Minister Trudeau joined Allies in endorsing the NATO 2030 agenda, and reaffirming the solidarity, unity, and cohesion of the Alliance. NATO 2030 sets out an ambitious agenda for a renewed and reinvigorated Alliance, which will enable NATO to meet the security challenges of today and tomorrow.

The Prime Minister also participated in the German Marshall Fund's NATO 2030 at Brussels Forum along with the Prime Minister of Estonia, Kaja Kallas. At the event, the Prime Minister reiterated Canada's commitment to work with our Allies and partners to tackle global challenges, like ending COVID-19, fighting the climate crisis, and keeping our people safe. He also highlighted Canada's role in NATO, and the importance that the Alliance has on our collective security and the promotion of democratic values around the world.

Canada is a proud member of NATO, and the Summit was an opportunity for Allies to discuss shared priorities and values. Together, we will continue to protect our people and build a safer and more peaceful world for everyone.


"As a founding member of NATO, the Alliance has been a cornerstone of Canada's defence and security for more than 70 years. The advances we made at this Summit  will ensure NATO continues to adapt to meet the security challenges of today and tomorrow, including those brought on by climate change, and will build a safer and more resilient world for our people."
? The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

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