Registration is now open for the 2023 NATO Youth Summit, “NextGen Freedom & Security,” to be held on June 5. The day begins in NATO’s headquarters city of Brussels, Belgium, before switching to Washington, D.C., for the U.S. portion, hosted by William & Mary.

At the summit, young people from Europe, North America and beyond will join a free transatlantic conversation occurring both in-person and remotely.

“William & Mary students are counted among the brightest and most solutions-oriented young people in the world,” said W&M Provost Peggy Agouris. “I have no doubt that they will make good use of the day, working with other equally talented young people, making new connections and brainstorming provocative new ideas. I urge them to take advantage of the event, and to promote it to their friends this summer.”

Organized by NATO and William & Mary, the event will provide young participants with the opportunity to engage, build links, enhance understanding, exchange views and explore how NATO addresses challenges that the young generation sees as critical to their security. The issues covered will range from disinformation to the latest technologies, and from climate change to national defense. Included in the lineup is an appearance by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

The summit is primarily a free, remote event; participants can engage in all of the activities remotely after registering. The day will also be streamed online in multiple places, including William & Mary’s YouTube channel. In-person participation is by invitation, but NATO has launched an online competition for some available seats in both cities.

The Washington, D.C., segment of the day, being held at the National Press Club, is being organized by William & Mary, with support from the university’s offices of the president and the provost.

Support for the 2023 NATO Youth Summit aligns with the four focus areas of the university’s strategic plan, Vision 2026 – namely initiatives dealing with data use and data fluency, the importance of water resources and resiliency, democratic principles and sustainability, and careers of impact and success.

, University News & Media