Young leaders will define their vision on NATO’s policies

Young Leaders Forum “Building Bridges for the Next Generation”

From 27 to 29 November, a selected group of young leaders will meet in Riga to share their views and offer their solutions to regional and global security problems. The event coincides with the NATO Summit of Heads of State and Government.

Forum participants – 52 representatives of national and international NGOs, think-tanks, media, business and public sector in NATO member, partner and contact countries – will continue discussions on issues earmarked in a preparatory Forum meeting in July, 2006: nation-building in Afghanistan, NATO’s Partnerships, NATO’s relationship with Russia, NATO’s enlargement and energy security.

Recommendations on future NATO policies in the outlined areas will be embodied in the Young Leaders Proposals, which will be presented to the NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer on Tuesday, 28 November, and to Heads of States and Governments on the 29th.

The Forum will be opened on November 27 by high level representatives from Latvia, the host nation, NATO, and Allied countries. The Young Leaders will have the possibility to follow ongoing discussions among senior opinion and policy makers at the Riga Conference taking place just few steps away.

A detailed programme of the event will be constantly updated on the official Host Nation Summit website ( and linked to the NATO website (

Some sessions of the Forum will be open to the media on a space available basis – the opening and keynote speeches on 27 November, and meetings with the Secretary General and State Leaders on 28 and 29 November, respectively - and webcasted live on

For more details concerning media arrangements please check the Media programme, or contact Ms. Dagnija Stukena, LATO Press Secretary, Tel.: + 371 701 7754, + 371 294 70708, email:

The Young Leaders Forum is co-organised by the Latvian Transatlantic Organisation (LATO), the NATO Summit Latvian Task Force and the NATO Public Diplomacy Division, with kind contributions from the Riga NATO Summit 2006 Support Committee and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.



General James L. Jones

„This year's November summit in Riga, Latvia, will cap this year as one of the most remarkable in the history of the alliance

- General James L. Jones,
USMC Supreme Allied Commander