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  • 10 January 2017

    On Monday, the chief of Polish diplomacy went on a two-day visit to New York, the main purpose of which is to promote Poland’s candidacy for non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council for the 2018-2019 term.


    On the first day of his visit, Minister Waszczykowski spoke to the new UN Secretary General, António Guterres. Witold Waszczykowski was one of the first foreign ministers to have such a meeting.

    “Poland is well perceived worldwide. It stands a big chance of a non-permanent seat on the Security Council,” Minister Waszczykowski said after the meeting. “Our efforts speak to aspirations for an active role internationally,” emphasised Poland’s top diplomat. The minister recalled numerous peacekeeping operations involving Polish troops. “Poland has much to be proud of,” concluded the minister.

    The talks with the UN Secretary General furthermore dealt with the current geopolitical environment, Russia, Ukraine, and the Security Council’s role in solving major crises. Minister Waszczykowski concluded the meeting by inviting the Secretary General to support this year’s edition of the Warsaw Dialogue for Democracy.


    The head of MFA met with ambassadors of countries currently sitting on the UN Security Council. Minister Waszczykowski sought their support for Poland’s bid and asked them to share their Council experience. The Polish foreign minister stressed that our country wants to be actively engaged in UN work, particularly in conflict prevention.

    On Tuesday, Minister Waszczykowski is to address an open UN Security Council debate on conflict prevention, presided over by Sweden. Minister Waszczykowski is going to present Poland’s involvement in resolving global problems.

    The minister will also meet the former US presidential security adviser and secretary of state, Henry Kissinger. The meeting will be an opportunity to present Poland’s vision of transatlantic relations.

    MFA Press Office

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