International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief
Poland initiates the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief. “The right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, which is commonly referred to as the right to freedom of religion or belief, is a universal right of every human being and the cornerstone of many other rights,” Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said at the UN General Assembly session in New York.
10 years of Eastern Partnership
The aim of the Eastern Partnership launched a decade ago was to bring partner countries closer to the European Union in terms of, among others, values. However, the programme fostered exchanges between neighbours in many aspects, such as economy, politics and culture. The 10th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership celebrated this year is a good opportunity to sum up the achievements of the EU Eastern policy in recent years.
Eastern Partnership – ten basic facts on the tenth anniversary
The Eastern Partnership (EaP) is part of the European Union’s foreign policy pursued under the European Neighbourhood Policy and the Global Strategy. It aims at forging regional cooperation and closer relations between the EU and its Eastern European partners. This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Programme. Below you will find ten basic facts about the Eastern Partnership.
EU. Our place for the past 15 years
On 1 May 2004, Poland joined the European Union. Together with nine other states, it became a full-fledged member of the European community. Today marks the 15th anniversary of these events and Poland’s EU membership is supported by a record 91%* of our country’s inhabitants. Europe is a place where we live and work. It is a place that we help to develop and one that helps us to develop!
Polish Aid & Women Power!
In many places in the world, women and girls are more at risk of poverty and hunger than men. In developing countries they represent the majority of the unemployed, and as many as 75% of them work illegally. Many countries continue to impose legal restrictions on their employment, and almost everywhere harmful stereotypes affect the size of their salaries and the quality of their work. Poland supports professional activation of women in such places as Palestine, Kenya and Belarus, in the belief that their independence means a better future for themselves, their families and whole societies.
Polish Aid for Iraq
Poland has been providing assistance to Iraq since 2014, when Daesh fighters took up arms against the government of Nuri al-Maliki, which caused another war in the country. A very high proportion of internally displaced people remains Iraq’s biggest problem, in addition to the huge challenges of post-conflict reconstruction and the continuing difficult economic situation. Political and social tensions, difficulties in finding work and the high level of poverty in the population are forcing Iraqi society to constantly change the place of residence. These negative phenomena disrupt and often make it impossible to secure the basic needs of the population — medical care, food and security. Supported by the Polish government, Polish organisations offer humanitarian aid to refugees and the most deprived people. Poland also helps Iraq by being engaged in international dialogue and bilateral cooperation.
COP24 a global success under the Polish presidency
The 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Katowice was a success. The Katowice Rulebook has been adopted which means that the governments of 196 countries agreed on how to implement the Paris Agreement in order to stop climate change. Find out what exactly does the Katowice Rulebook entail and what other declarations have been signed.
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.