Reports and Declarations

Chicago Summit Declaration on Afghanistan - May 21

Issued by the Heads of State and Government of Afghanistan and Nations contributing to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

"We, the nations contributing to ISAF, and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, met today in Chicago to renew our firm commitment to a sovereign, secure and democratic Afghanistan. In line with the strategy which we agreed at the Lisbon Summit, ISAF’s mission will be concluded by the end of 2014. But thereafter Afghanistan will not stand alone: we reaffirm that our close partnership will continue beyond the end of the transition period."

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Chicago Summit Declaration - May 20

Issued by the Heads of State and Government participating in the meeting of the North Atlantic Council in Chicago on 20 May 2012.

"We, the Heads of State and Government of the member countries of the North Atlantic Alliance, have gathered in Chicago to renew our commitment to our vital transatlantic bond; take stock of progress in, and reconfirm our commitment to, our operations in Afghanistan, Kosovo and elsewhere; ensure the Alliance has the capabilities it needs to deal with the full range of threats; and strengthen our wide range of partnerships."

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April 30, 2012 - Deloitte Publishes Report on the Economic Impact of NATO Summit on Chicago

Accounting firm Deloitte concluded in a study, published on April 30, that the NATO Summit would have a significant economic impact on the city of Chicago: 

"The 2012 NATO Summit will generate an estimated $128.2 million for the City of Chicago economy in direct, indirect, and induced spending, and an additional $3.0 million in fiscal impacts through tax receipts for the City. Close to 2,200 people will be employed in temporary work focused on planning and executing the Summit."

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March 30, 2012 - Illinois Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk Statement on Passage of Resolution Supporting NATO's Upcoming Chicago Summit

U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) released the following statement on March 30 after the Senate passed by voice vote a resolution supporting the upcoming North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit in Chicago:

“The upcoming Chicago Summit is an opportunity to showcase Illinois and this great city to the world,” said Durbin. “Thousands of visitors will get the chance to experience our world-class city—the birthplace of the modern skyscraper and the elevated railway. Global leaders will be able to enjoy the contributions of generations of immigrants—including many from NATO member countries—that have made Chicago and our entire state what they are today. I am glad that the Senate has recognized this important moment for both NATO and Illinois.”

"The NATO security alliance remains the greatest combined force for good in world history, defending our freedom and democracy around the globe," a Kirk spokesperson said. "We know Chicagoans will warmly welcome our NATO allies in May and foster an environment for a successful summit."

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