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Defence Minister Sajjan addresses NATO members

The Parliament of Canada has been hosting the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Parliamentary Assembly's (PA) 64th Annual Session, from Friday 16 November to Monday 19 November 2018, in Halifax. The Session will bring together parliamentarians from the 29 NATO member countries as well as delegates from partner countries and observers to discuss international security issues affecting the Alliance.
Hosted this year in Halifax by the Parliament of Canada, under the auspices of the Canadian NATO Parliamentary Association, the 64th Annual Session will bring together more than 500 delegates, experts and observers from NATO member countries and partners from North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia to promote peace and stability in the Euro-Atlantic area and beyond. 

Against the backdrop of growing challenges both within the Alliance and the global security environment, the five committees of the NATO PA will meet to discuss issues such as cybersecurity, hybrid warfare, NATO’s eastern front, security in the Arctic, climate change, women, peace and security, alliance burden-sharing, and instability on NATO’s southern border. During the Plenary Session, delegates will vote to adopt policy recommendations that will be sent to the NATO Secretary General.
Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 November were devoted to meetings of NATO PA’s five Committees: Political, Defence and Security, Science and Technology, Civil Dimension of Security, and Economics and Security.
In addition to a Monday morning address by Canada's Minister of National Defence, the Honourable Harjit Sajjan, the Plenary session on 19 November will also be addressed by NATO Parliamentary Assembly’s President, Rasa Jukneviciene, NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller and other senior officials.
The NATO Parliamentary Assembly enhances solidarity among members of the Alliance by bringing together parliamentarians from NATO member nations. Serving as an essential link between NATO and the parliaments of its member nations, the NATO Parliamentary Assembly works to build parliamentary and public consensus in support of Alliance policies. The NATO PA deals with social, cultural, political and economic issues, as well as military matters of paramount importance to NATO member nations. Parliamentarians meet and share information during regular Assembly sessions in North America and Europe.
This NATO PA event occurs in conjunction with the Halifax International Security Forum (HISF) and together these events will showcase Canada’s leadership and engagement in global security.
Session news and information is routinely placed on the NATO PA website: https://www.nato-pa.int/node/18611