On Monday (25 September 2023), NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană addressed 250 staff officers and faculty members at the German Command and Staff College in Hamburg. He emphasised the importance of maintaining support to Ukraine for as long as it takes, pointing out that if President Putin wins in Ukraine that would send the wrong message to other authoritarian leaders and undermine the rules-based international order.
During his visit, the Deputy Secretary General highlighted NATO’s work on innovation and thanked Germany for its contributions to the Alliance. Mr Geoană met the First Mayor of Hamburg Dr Peter Tschentscher and participated in a roundtable discussion with start-ups at Hamburg Invest. Breakthroughs in disruptive technologies from Artificial Intelligence and quantum technologies, to biotech and human enhancement are rapidly changing the world. NATO is adapting to address the challenges and opportunities new technologies present to our security.
Mr Geoană also delivered a speech at the opening of the academic year at the University of Medicine and Technology Târgu Mureş – Medical Campus. He discussed how global pandemics like COVID-19 had underlined the importance of increasing our resilience. He also spoke about the expanded notion of security. The Deputy Secretary General highlighted the transformative power of new technologies and encouraged students and professors to stay ahead of the curve, to safeguarding democratic values and support the ethical use of the new technologies in their fields.
Source: Bundeswehr/Christian Gelhausen