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  • 26 April 2018

    “I have set out Poland’s priorities for its presidency of the United Nations Security Council this May,” the chief of Polish diplomacy said after a meeting with representatives of diplomatic missions accredited in Warsaw.


    Talking to the ambassadors, Minister Jacek Czaputowicz shared his thoughts after the recent visit to New York, presented Poland’s priorities in the United Nations Security Council, and outlined major events planned throughout May by the Polish Permanent Mission to the UN.

    “Our priorities include strengthening the role of international law, promoting the effective resolution of conflicts, ensuring the protection of civilians, and emphasizing the importance of humanitarian law,” said Poland’s top diplomat. “We will be also dealing with the Syrian conflict, as three meetings devoted to this topic have already been scheduled,” he added. “We want to look for ways of ending this conflict, of holding those who use chemical weapons to account, and of making sure that Syria’s civilian population is protected,” emphasized Minister Jacek Czaputowicz.


    The presidency’s high point will be an open high-level debate entitled “The Role of the UNSC in Upholding International Law Within the Context of Maintenance of International Peace and Security.” Scheduled for 17 May, the debate will be chaired by President Andrzej Duda, with UN Secretary-General António Guterres also expected to participate.

    22 May will see another high-level meeting organized on Poland’s initiative, this time with a focus on protecting the civilian population. Poland will be represented by Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz, with UN Secretary-General António Guterres and Director-General of the International Committee of the Red Cross Yves Daccord among the briefers. The meeting will discuss the significance of international humanitarian law and the need for all conflict parties to comply with it. We have partnered with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs to organize a side event on healthcare in armed conflicts. It will take place on the margins of the debate.


    Moreover, Poland will host a meeting on UN peacekeeping operations with commanders of military contingents of selected missions. Bringing together the commanders of the UNAMID mission in Darfur, UNMISS mission in South Sudan, and MINUSMA mission in Mali, this interactive meeting will concentrate on two topics: the impact of security on mission activities, and the effectiveness and adjustment of mandates to reflect conditions on the ground.

    Together with Sweden and Côte d’Ivoire, Poland will also set up a UN SC meeting on children in military conflicts in an informal format to make it possible to bring in external (non-UN) players. The meeting will look at the implementation of action plans for protecting children in conflict in the context of Africa and will highlight some positive examples of actions in this area.


    MFA Press Office




    „Poland’s presidency in the UN Security Council in the context of its UN SC membership in 2018-2019” - Address by Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland Professor Jacek Czaputowicz

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