NATO in Australia
Last updated: 09.06.2016 //
In its capacity as Contact Point Embassy for NATO in Australia, the Norwegian Embassy facilitated a visit by senior officials from NATO HQ in Brussels to Canberra, The Embassy also co-organised a public seminar at the ANU on the upcoming NATO Summit on Warsaw.
NATO Contact Point Embassies contribute to disseminating information and raising awareness and interest about NATO in the Alliance’s partner countries. Australia has been a partner with NATO for many years, especially through its substantial contributions to the NATO-led ISAF operation in Afghanistan but also cooperating in maritime operations in the Gulf of Aden. Australia became an Enhanced Opportunities Partner with NATO at the Wales Summit in 2014.
With less than a month to go until the NATO Summit in Warsaw, the visit by Policy Officer Lisa Picheny and Lt. Col. Joanna Brain from NATO HQ provided a timely opportunity for bilateral discussions and public events and expert roundtables about NATO and the alliance’s partnership with Australia.
During the visit, the Norwegian Embassy, together with the Embassy of Poland and the Centre for European Studies hosted a public seminar at the ANU on expectations for the upcoming NATO Summit in Warsaw in July 2016. The visiting NATO officials were joined in the panel by Ambassador of Norway Unni Kløvstad, Ambassador of Poland Pawel Milewski, Dr. Stephan Frühling and First Assistant Secretary at Department of Defence Scott Dewar. They also participated in several roundtables with Australian experts on regional and international security issues of mutual concern. Finally, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands generously provided the venue for the NATO Senior Officials to meet with NATO Member Embassies in Canberra.