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  • 29 April 2013

    Delegations from over 70 countries - including the Polish delegation headed by MFA Undersecretary of State Jerzy Pomianowski - took part in the 7th Ministerial Conference of the Community of Democracies which took place on 27-29 April 2013 in Ulan Bator. The Professor Bronisław Geremek Award for outstanding achievements in promoting democracy went to Burmese opposition activist Aung San Suu Kyi - the first Asian and the first woman to receive this distinction.

    The conference was the culmination of Mongolia's two-year chairmanship of the Community of Democracies. Deputy Minister Pomianowski took part in discussions devoted to such topics as the domestic situation in Belarus, supporting democratic reforms in Moldova and Tunisia, as well as the problem of corruption and other threats to democracy.

    One of the special guests of the conference was Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who received the Professor Bronisław Geremek Award for outstanding achievements in promoting democracy.
    "For the first time in its history, the Geremek Award goes to Asia and to a woman. Indeed, women are increasingly becoming a force for change," Deputy Minister said during the award ceremony.

    "Aung San Suu Kyi said today that we must have the courage to turn our dreams into reality. One of the greatest dreams of the late Prof. Bronisław Geremek, my mentor and a former foreign minister, was to unite democratic nations so that they can promote that which is dearest to us - freedom," Deputy Minister Pomianowski added.

    The visit to Ulan Bator was also an occasion to hold meetings with the chiefs of diplomacy of Thailand and East Timor. Deputy Minister Pomianowski and Thailand's Foreign Minister Dr. Surapong Tovichakchaikul discussed, among other things, the Thai PM's visit to Poland in July 2013, while talks with Timor's FM Jose Luis Guterres focused on the growth of tourism and the Polish UN Security Council candidacy in the 2018-19 term. The main topic of the meeting with Ukraine's Deputy Foreign Minister Victor Mayko, meanwhile, were preparations in the run-up to the Eastern Partnership Summit to be held in Vilnius in November, as well as bilateral cooperation e.g. in the area of energy.

    The Community of Democracies is an international coalition of countries whose main goal is the promotion of democratic values and the strengthening of democratic institutions around the world. It was created during the international Ministrerial Conference "Towards a Community of Democracies" held in June 2000 in Warsaw at the initiative of Polish Foreign Minister Bronisław Geremek and US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Poland is home to the Permanent Secretariat of the Community of Democracies in Warsaw and one of the leaders of projects implemented by the Community.

     

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