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  • 8 June 2018

    Poland has concluded its one-month presidency of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), which began on 1 May. Our priorities included respect for international law with a special focus on international humanitarian and human rights law, and protection of civilians in armed conflict.

    Throughout May, Poland hosted a number of meetings. 17 May 2018 saw an open debate on the role of international law in the context of maintaining international peace and security. Attended by Polish President Andrzej Duda, the event attracted much interest. The speakers highlighted the need for the peaceful resolution of conflicts, e.g. through UNSC activities. The participants, including Poland, had an opportunity to promote initiatives aimed at advancing respect for international law. 

    In turn, the debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflict was held on 22 May, with Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz as its president. The attendees included UN Secretary-General António Guterres, Director-General of the International Committee of the Red Cross Yves Daccord, and civil society representative Hanaa Edwar from Iraq. In his statement, Poland’s top diplomat spoke about conflict prevention, the need to observe international humanitarian law and promote good practices in this field, as well as responsibility of those who commit crimes against civilians. Among other major initiatives of Poland were also an informal Arria-formula meeting (bringing in non-UNSC member states and NGOs) about children in armed conflict, and a briefing on the situation in Ukraine chaired by the chief of Polish diplomacy.

    During the Polish presidency, the UNSC also looked at issues concerning African countries: Libya’s security situation, the UN mission in Somalia, and developments in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Another item high on the Council’s agenda in May was the Middle East conflict. In addition to monthly meetings devoted to the political and humanitarian situation, and chemical weapons in Syria, two extraordinary briefings analysed the escalating tensions on the Israel-Gaza border. The UNSC also discussed the situation in Europe (Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Asia (developments in Myanmar and North Korea).

    The last day of Poland’s one-month UNSC presidency was marked by an informal meeting with UN member states to take stock of this period. Joined by the Bolivian and Kazakh Ambassadors to the UN, Sacha Llorenti and Kairat Umarov, Poland’s Permanent Representative to the UN Joanna Wronecka presented the results of Polish activities in May. The event brought together numerous delegates, who expressed their approval for the Polish presidency of the UNSC.


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