Together for the climate – Poland’s initiatives and actions before COP24
The 24th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) will be held in Katowice on 3-14 December 2018. Poland is the only country to have been entrusted with the Presidency four times. This is a great honour and a signal that Poland is playing an increasingly important role in climate negotiations. The Polish COP24 Presidency emphasises three key themes: technology, man, nature.
Poland for Democracy
Strengthening civil society and independent state institutions, support for civil dialogue, ensuring transparent electoral procedures and the openness of public life, monitoring the approach to basic human rights and civil liberties – in all these areas, Poland actively supports countries that are going through systemic transformations towards democracy. It also focuses on those societies whose freedom is limited by systems of government that deviate from democratic standards.
New technology – friend or foe of democracy?
Warsaw Dialogue for Democracy 2018 starts today! On Thursday and Friday in Warsaw this week, social activists and people from the world of science and the public sector from 30 countries will once again meet to exchange opinions and experiences related to the promotion of democracy in contemporary societies. This year's edition of the Warsaw Dialogue for Democracy will focus on the potential and challenges stemming from the growing role of new technology in contemporary politics.
Polish state abroad
Europe is the main arena of Polish interests. Nevertheless, Polish diplomacy must steer more of its resources and energy to other parts of the world. To take a more active part in the world of tomorrow, it is necessary to abandon yesterday’s way of thinking. Read more about modern Polish diplomacy and take a trip around the world following the Polish diplomatic missions.
Polish Medical Aid
They treat people's eyes, help them overcome tropical diseases, take care for children and their mothers – Polish doctors and volunteers with the aid of non-governmental organisations and Polish public institutions help patients in those parts of the world where access to health care services is difficult. Each year they treat thousands of patients.
Poland in the UN
From the beginning Poland has been involved in the activities leading to the establishment of system of global security. Despite the limitations connected with being under Soviet influence, during decades Poland sought actively work in the areas of international law, decolonization, disarmament and non-proliferation, as well as in observation and peacekeeping missions. After gaining back its sovereignty in 1989, Poland joined the discussion on the reform of the United Nations system. On January 2018 Poland began its two-year term as a non-permanent member of the UNSC. It’s priorities are: conflict prevention, international law and new threats.
Lessons for the future
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 recognised access to free education as the fundamental right of all children. 70 years on, the shortage of qualified and dedicated teachers remains a challenge, robbing young people of their chance for a better tomorrow. There is a lack of pedagogues in areas where they can be of most help: in environments marked by marginalisation and exclusion. Appreciating the efforts of teachers whose work is changing the world, Polish Aid implements projects to help them. This is also where one needs to relieve them.
The Polish flag symbolizes assistance
"Polish aid organizations have enormous potential, and their actions are very effective, as demonstrated by feedback from recipients of aid," says Beata Kempa, Poland's minister for humanitarian aid, in an exclusive interview with Poland.pl.
Poland expels four Russian diplomats
Poland has decided to expel four Russian diplomats in response to a recent attempt to assassinate British-resident former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter. According to the British side the attempt was most probably masterminded by Russia.
Polish foreign minister visits Macedonia
"My visit is an expression of support for the aspirations of Macedonia and Western Balkan countries to join the European Union and the North Atlantic Alliance," Poland's top diplomat said on Monday after his meeting with Nikola Dmitrov, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Macedonia.
Poland and Lithuania are strategic partners, say both countries' PMs
Poland and Lithuania are strategic partners due to their historical ties, location and an array of shared interests, Polish and Lithuanian PMs, Mateusz Morawiecki and Saulius Skvernelis, said in Vilnius on Friday.