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NATO celebrates 70th anniversary with Parliamentary Assembly at London’s QEII Centre

Leading Westminster venue the QEII Centre welcomed parliamentarians from around the world for the 65th NATO Parliamentary Assembly Annual Session, from Friday 11 to Monday 14 October.

Celebrating NATO’s 70th anniversary this year, the Parliamentary Assembly saw representatives from over 50 countries coming together for the four-day conference to discuss matters of human rights and international security.

Taking over the entire QEII Centre, the Assembly hosted separate streams for its five committees – Civil Dimension of Security, Defence and Security, Economics and Security, Science and Technology, and Political Committee – including a presentation by Dominic Raab MP, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom.

Secretary of State for Defence of the United Kingdom, Ben Wallace MP and Mr Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of NATO and Chairman of the North Atlantic Council, addressed the Plenary Session on Monday. The Assembly also featured a celebratory ’70 Years of NATO’ photo exhibition, opened on Saturday 12 October by Richard Benyon MP, the Leader of the United Kingdom Delegation.

Lukas Audickas, Session Coordinator from the UK Parliament, suggested that: “It has been a pleasure to host the Session in the QEII Centre. It is a very functional and dynamic conference venue. Centre staff have provided an excellent service during preparation and the key days of the event. Their professionalism and dedication made it easy to overcome any challenges.”

Helen Cadwallender, Head of Conference Service at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly said: “It has been an absolute pleasure to work with the QEII Centre on the organisation of the Assembly’s Annual Session. The expertise and efficiency of the entire staff has been exemplary throughout and it has been a real pleasure to work in a truly professional environment.”

Mark Taylor, chief executive of the QEII Centre, said: “We have a long-standing history at the QEII Centre of providing an international stage for game changers and innovators, and hosting events that change the world. Our location in the heart of Westminster and expertise in hosting high-profile and high-security events make us perfectly positioned to host events of this nature, and it is a privilege to be a part of NATO’s 70th anniversary, in a time when international security is more important than ever.”

Over the past year QEII has attracted more than 400 national and international events, including high profile events such as the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, the Conservative Party Leadership Announcement and the upcoming One Young World global forum. The centre offers 32 flexible event spaces with capacity for up to 2,500 guests.

For more information, visit www.qeiicentre.london.

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