Young leaders are first to discuss NATO's policies

Young Leaders Forum "Building Bridges For the Next Generation"

November 27 Riga, Latvia - Today, one day prior to the NATO Summit, over fifty Young Leaders from NATO, Partner and Contact countries are meeting to define their vision on future NATO policies.

The Forum is opened by the Latvian and Czech Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Artis Pabriks and Mr. Alexandr Vondra, NATO's Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy, Mrs. Stefanie Babst and the Secretary General of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Mr. Wilhelm Staudacher.

The former Mayor of the City of New York, Mr. Rudolph L. Giuliani, will deliver the keynote address "Challenges for the Next Generation".

Then, the participants will engage in an interactive drafting exercise of the Young Leaders Proposals expressing their views on the future of NATO.

Later in the afternoon the Young Leaders will sneak in the Night Owl sessions of the Riga Conference were senior opinion and policy makers will contemplate on top-issues of the transatlantic security.

Tomorrow, the Young Leaders will present their Proposals to the NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, continue to follow the Riga Conference programme and join the cultural event of the official NATO Summit programme in the Latvian National Opera.

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.

A detailed PROGRAMME .


Queen Elizabeth II

"Prince Philip and I begin today in Vilnius our first visit to the Baltic States to mark the achievements of all three nations in these recent years. You have emerged from the shadow of the Soviet Union and blossomed as sovereign states, taking up your rightful places in the international community and as respected members of the European Union and NATO.  It is a transformation - political, economic and social - for which there are few parallels in the history of Europe

- Queen Elizabeth II,
Queen of the United Kingdom