Poland for world without domination of some states over others - president

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President Andrzej Duda in a debate on the 75th anniversary of the United Nations said that Poland, for the last 75 years through its active participation in the work of the UN, has strived for a world without domination of some countries over other countries.

On Monday, the UN marked its 75th anniversary with a one-day high-level meeting at the opening of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly. The theme of the event was: "The Future We Want, the UN We Need: Reaffirming our Collective Commitment to Multilateralism."

President Duda, in an online address played in the UN's General Assembly Hall, stressed that Poland in all its activities at the UN forum "is guided by the principle that only international relations based on the principles and norms of international law can bring peace to the world, and the law should not only be respected, but also constantly improved."

Duda noted that Poland had been elected a member of the UN Security Council six times, for a total of 11 years, and that the last time was in 2018-2019. He indicated that the main message of Poland's presence in the Security Council and, more broadly in the United Nations system, was the idea of "peace through law."

Duda assured that Poland "was and is always ready to implement practical co-responsibility for peace in the world." "An example of this is Poland's long-standing presence in UN peacekeeping missions," he said, stating that since November 2019, a 250-strong Polish contingent resumed its participation in the UN UNIFIL peace mission in Lebanon. "The return to peacekeeping missions, as well as the activities at the UN forum over the past decades, constitute Poland's direct contribution to the maintenance of peace and security," said Duda.

The president also said that on the initiative of Poland and the United Kingdom, on June 20, 2019, the Security Council unanimously adopted the first-ever resolution on people with disabilities in armed conflicts. Similarly, on the initiative of Poland, in May 2019, the UN General Assembly established the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Religious Violence.

The president also noted Poland's contribution to international efforts to combat climate change. He indicated that in recent years Poland has hosted UN climate conferences three times, and that the last time in 2018. "During COP 24 in Katowice, we adopted the Katowice Rulebook which is a 'user manual' specifying how to implement the assumptions of the Paris Agreement." Duda added that the effect of the Katowice COP 24 is also "the concept of just transformation, that is, striving for harmony between environmental and climate protection and socio-economic needs."