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  • 2 June 2017

    “The election of Poland to the UN Security Council crowns several years of efforts by the Polish government,” emphasized Minister Witold Waszczykowski, commenting on our country’s election as a non-permanent member of the elite group of nations that take decisions of key importance to global peace and security.

     

    “It marks a great victory for Polish diplomacy, and a major foreign policy success,” said the minister. “It’s proof that a foreign policy aimed at empowerment is bearing fruit. We are starting to act globally, we are not afraid of serious challenges,” he added. Participation in the UN Security Council election was the high point of the foreign minister’s visit to New York. 


    It is the sixth time Poland has been elected a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. 190 countries supported Poland’s candidacy in the UN General Assembly vote, which was held in New York on 2 June. Such a good result is testament to the recognition for Poland’s contribution to maintaining international peace and security, and to the trust which the international community places in our country. The Polish bid for non-permanent membership was officially inaugurated by President Andrzej Duda and Minister of Foreign Affairs Witold Waszczykowski on 16 September 2016.


    In its membership campaign, Poland presented itself as a country cherishing such universal values as freedom, observance of international law, and respect for human rights.


    “The message we’ve been sending is that Poland has been contributing to international stability for years. We are not only a consumer of security, but also its provider,” stressed Minister Waszczykowski. “We want to become engaged in solving the problems of Africa. But we will naturally continue to be active when it comes to our immediate neighbourhood, especially the situation in Ukraine,” said the MFA chief. He added that Poland wants to use its membership of the Security Council to direct the attention of the international community to the global issues which it considers as essential to guaranteeing peace and security. “I particularly mean terrorism, crimes against humanity, and disrespect for the fundamental principles of international law,” said Minister Waszczykowski.


    As the chief of Polish diplomacy observed, contacts established during the campaign are by themselves a valuable asset. “Many states quoted our excellent bilateral relations as reasons for their support of our bid. The campaign consolidated our political relations with countries remote from Poland. I believe that these relations will help to reinvigorate trade in the future,” said Minister Waszczykowski.


    Poland starts its two-year term in January 2018, and will be joined on the UN Security Council by Kuwait, Equatorial Guinea, Peru, and Côte d’Ivoire. As a result of by-elections, the Netherlands was chosen to the Western Europe group, where it will succeed Italy as a non-permanent member of the UN SC in 2018. 


    MFA Press Office

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