June 1, 2021 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces
NATO is a cornerstone of Canada’s international security and the primary forum to engage other nations on transatlantic defence and security. Canada continues working with Allies to ensure the Alliance remains innovative, flexible, and adaptable in the face of current and future security threats.
Today, Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan participated in a virtual NATO Defence Ministers’ Meeting. This meeting took place on the heels of the Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and was an opportunity for Allied defence ministers to address a number of key issues in preparation for the upcoming NATO Summit in Brussels on June 14.
During the meeting, the Minister discussed the Secretary General’s NATO 2030 proposals, in particular those relating to deterrence and defence, resilience, innovation, partner training, and the security impacts of climate change. The Minister also discussed the situation in Afghanistan, and tackled other important topics such as strengthening NATO’s deterrence and defence posture and advancing the women, peace, and security agenda.
Minister Sajjan thanked the Secretary General for his leadership on NATO 2030 and highlighted Canada’s support for the proposals, which set out an ambitious agenda for a renewed and reinvigorated Alliance. Minister Sajjan also reiterated Canada’s commitment to working with Allies to enhance cooperation and strengthen the transatlantic bond to build a more resilient Alliance.
In a rapidly changing global security environment, NATO must continue to adapt to challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic, disruptive technologies, climate change, and disinformation. NATO 2030 is about reinforcing transatlantic unity, as well as ensuring the Alliance remains strong militarily, becomes even stronger politically, and takes a more global approach.