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POLAND: UN Security Council Presidency
In January, Poland assumed its seat as a non-permanent member at the UN Security Council for the first time in 20 years. As of the beginning of May, Poland has begun its one-month Presidency of the Council, with Ambassador Joanna Wronecka presiding over the session. Notably, On May 17th Polish President Andrzej Duda will preside over an open debate on upholding international law. During this month, the dominant issue on the Council’s agenda will be the unfolding events in Syria. Poland will also try to create a special legislative committee for the creation of a Syrian constitution. Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz stated that the diplomatic corps will be ready to react to unforeseen circumstances. Warsaw has been using the example of its non-permanent seat as a response to opposition parties arguing that PiS is damaging Poland’s international standing. While it is true that the position at the Council is a great way to foster diplomatic ties, Poland is yet to make a push for its own resolution. Efficient work on Syria, however, is also bound to benefit Poland’s international standing.