NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is taking part in a ceremony of remembrance in Paris on Sunday (11 November 2018) for the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Mr. Stoltenberg joined other world leaders at the Arc de Triomphe to mark the exact moment that the guns fell silent, ending four terrible years of conflict. Speaking after the ceremony, Mr. Stoltenberg said, "today, we stand together in remembrance of all the lives lost in World War One, and we pay tribute to all those who serve. Let us never take peace and freedom for granted."

After the ceremony, the Secretary General attended the opening of the Paris Peace Forum, which aims to promote international cooperation to tackle global challenges. He deposited a copy of NATO’s founding Washington Treaty at the Peace Library, stressing that “the commemoration of one hundred years since the Armistice is a powerful reminder that the enduring bond between Europe & North America remains vital to secure peace."