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.
Polish Medical Aid
They treat people's eyes, help them overcome tropical diseases, take care for children and their mothers – Polish doctors and volunteers with the aid of non-governmental organisations and Polish public institutions help patients in those parts of the world where access to health care services is difficult. Each year they treat thousands of patients.
Poland in the UN
From the beginning Poland has been involved in the activities leading to the establishment of system of global security. Despite the limitations connected with being under Soviet influence, during decades Poland sought actively work in the areas of international law, decolonization, disarmament and non-proliferation, as well as in observation and peacekeeping missions. After gaining back its sovereignty in 1989, Poland joined the discussion on the reform of the United Nations system. On January 2018 Poland began its two-year term as a non-permanent member of the UNSC. It’s priorities are: conflict prevention, international law and new threats.
Lessons for the future
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 recognised access to free education as the fundamental right of all children. 70 years on, the shortage of qualified and dedicated teachers remains a challenge, robbing young people of their chance for a better tomorrow. There is a lack of pedagogues in areas where they can be of most help: in environments marked by marginalisation and exclusion. Appreciating the efforts of teachers whose work is changing the world, Polish Aid implements projects to help them. This is also where one needs to relieve them.
Poles and Czechs celebrate together
"History teaches us that without a free Poland there will be no free Czechoslovakia and without a free Czechoslovakia there is no free Poland,” these are words written in a letter sent by the "Founding Father" of Czechoslovakia Tomasz G. Masaryk to Ignacy Paderewski. They are also the motto of a project commemorating joint Polish-Czech anniversaries which takes place from 6 to 15 September on the initiative of the Polish Institute in Prague.
There is no Europe without the Carpathians. Polish policy in the region
At the Economic Forum in Krynica-Zdrój, parliamentarians, ministers, experts and local government representatives discussed security policy, infrastructure and development strategy in Central Europe during the latest edition of the Europe of the Carpathians Conference.
Polish School of Aid-Giving
Although the right to education – regardless of one’s gender, religion, origin, physical and intellectual predisposition – is guaranteed by international covenants, millions of children around the world still do not have access to education. Without education, they have less chance of personal development, escaping poverty and have diminished prospects of a better future. Polish Aid implements educational projects in countries that are not able to independently provide adequate access to schools for their youngest citizens.
Fair Play. Polish Aid Through Sport
George Weah – Africa’s only Ballon d'Or winner and currently the president of Liberia – began his career in the slums of Monrovia, where as a young boy he played football for the Invincible Eleven. His story shows how sport can change the lives of people from marginalised backgrounds. Poland develops sports projects to improve their quality of life as part of its development assistance in many countries around the world. The goal is to support individuals, as well as entire communities.