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  • 16 November 2015

    On Foreign Service Day, more than 400 people visited the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which opened its doors to the public during the last weekend. On Monday, diplomats were decorated and awarded for their work.

    The theme of this year’s Foreign Service Day, commemorating the first official diplomatic cable dispatched by Józef Piłsudski on 16 November 1918 in a reborn Poland, is the 70th anniversary of the United Nations and Poland’s contribution to its development. Poland was one of the 51 founding members of the United Nations. Our country signed the UN Charter on 15 October 1945 and ratified it the following day. During the UN’s seventy years, Poland has remained faithful to the organisation’s principles and has been actively engaged in implementing its agenda.


    Foreign Service Day celebrations traditionally include an Open Day at the MFA headquarters. On 14 November, the ministry let in visitors to show them the minister’s office and the Jerzy Giedroyc conference room, which is the venue for many important events: signing ceremonies, negotiations, and receptions. Visitors were also shown the MFA press centre.


    Wanting to familiarise children, young people and adults with the role of the UN and Poland’s contribution to its development, the MFA organised a videoconference with Polish diplomats based in New York and Paris and meetings with former ambassadors accredited to the UN. The sightseeing tour also included the exhibition Poland in the UN. A simulated UN Security Council debate on ways to end the conflict in Syria, attended by Warsaw’s secondary school students, was held in the Młodziejowski Palace, the seat of the Polish Institute of Diplomacy.


    Traditionally on Foreign Service Day, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomes children. This year UNICEF’s Polish staff organised educational workshops for them. A major attraction for younger and older visitors alike was a photo opportunity at the UN General Assembly podium.


    The laureates of the fifth edition of the Jerzy Warchałowski prize funded by the Minister of Foreign Affairs were announced during Foreign Service Day on Monday. The prize is awarded to secondary school pupils for concept designs around themes suggested by the MFA that deal with facades, interior design and gardens of Polish diplomatic missions and MFA buildings and promote a positive image of Poland’s diplomacy. “The awarded concepts will be displayed at Polish diplomatic posts,” said Deputy Foreign Minister Katarzyna Kacperczyk, congratulating this year’s laurates from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw for a series of prints eliciting positive associations with the Polska Brand – creativity, vigour, dynamism, modernity and optimism.


    Also on Monday 16 November, Jan Chadam, Agnieszka Cieślińska-Kawecka, Jan Emeryk Rościszewski, Tomasz Sajewicz, Małgorzata Tuszyńska and Tomas Venclova were decorated with the Bene Merito honorary distinctions for their contributions to strengthening Poland’s position on the international stage.


    Deputy Foreign Minister Katarzyna Kacperczyk presented the Andrzej Kremer “Consul Of The Year” prize to Katarzyna Smoter, Head of the Consular Section of the Polish Embassy in Dublin. Witold Sobków, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, was awarded for his achievements in public diplomacy and media communication, while Consul General in Milan Jerzy Adamczyk received the Mariusz Kazana prize.


    The Amicus Eeconomiae prize for exceptional achievements in supporting and protecting economic interests of Polish enterprises on foreign markets was awarded to Andrzej Braiter, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Federative Republic of Brazil. An award for the best publication on the history of Polish diplomacy went to Krzysztof Kania. The Foreign Service Day programme concluded with a ceremony during which nine MFA employees were promoted to the first diplomatic rank.



    MFA Press Office


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