Lisbon hosts 67th annual NATO parliamentary assembly, Nancy Pelosi to receive award

  • Lusa
  • 8 October 2021

Nancy Pelosi will be in Lisbon on Monday during the 67th annual session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly to receive an award.

The Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, will be in Lisbon on Monday during the 67th annual session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly to receive an award, it was announced on Friday.

The information was presented at the press conference that marked the opening of the work of this session – which will run until Monday – with the President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, US Congressman Gerald Connolly, the Secretary-General of this Assembly, the Frenchwoman Ruxandra Popa, and the Social-Democrat MP Adão Silva, President of the Portuguese delegation of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.

The president of the Portuguese delegation, Adão Silva, noted that this is the first time that Portugal is hosting this Assembly, thanking the organisation but also the speaker of the Portuguese parliament, Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues, who was “completely available” throughout the process and considering that the planned programme is of “enormous quality”.

“We are very pleased and we thank the Board and the President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly because there will be the awarding of a prize, for the first time. The award is the “Women for Peace and Security Award” which will be delivered for the first time, in Portugal, in this session, to the speaker Nancy Pelosi”, said Adão Silva.

He also referred that this “is a very special session, because it is a challenge to carry it out with about 200 deputies from the several NATO member countries”, not all of them being present, with some remote participation.

“The world will certainly not be the same after the pandemic slows down, and neither will it be in the field of defence, in the field of security, in the field of NATO”, he underlined.

The Portuguese parliament hosts from today to 11 October the 67th session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, which will be attended by the Secretary-General of the Alliance and will address the situation in Afghanistan and the Covid-19 pandemic.

The annual session will be attended by members of the Portuguese Government, official NATO representatives, experts in defence matters, legislators from the 30 NATO member states and representatives from partner countries of the Alliance and parliamentary bodies.

According to the official programme, among the topics on the table will be the NATO 2030 agenda and the revision of the strategic concept, “the lessons learned from NATO’s involvement in Afghanistan”, Russia and China, the evolution of the situation in the Middle East and North Africa, climate change, “democratic resilience and disinformation” and the pandemic, among others.

The plenary meeting on Monday (11), will feature speeches by the Portuguese President, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, parliamentary speaker, Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues, Prime Minister, António Costa, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, Jean-Pierre Renaud Lacroix (representing the Secretary-General, António Guterres), and the Secretary-General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, among others.