09 October 2021
This report was adopted by the Committee on Democracy and Security on 9 October 2021, at the Annual Session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Lisbon, Portugal.
For Allied societies, the COVID-19 pandemic has painfully demonstrated the importance of strengthening their preparedness and capacity to respond to crises. Faced with an increasingly complex security environment and the multiplication of military and non-military threats affecting all of our societies, it appears more vital than ever to consolidate our resilience through civil preparedness.
Despite substantial efforts by NATO and Allied countries over the past two decades, vulnerabilities persist in this area. At the NATO Summit in June 2021, Heads of State and Government pledged to pursue enhancing the national and collective resilience of Allied countries. This report provides avenues for reflection to progress in this area and to develop a whole of-society approach to resilience within the Alliance, through which all civilian and military actors would function with greater synergy. It notably suggests taking inspiration from the successes of several Member States and partner countries. Finally, it offers recommendations to strengthen the capacities of our societies to counter present and future risks.