"We’ve never had an opportunity to host so many of our partners in development assistance like we have today," said Katarzyna Pełczyńska-Nałęcz, Deputy Foreign Minister, during a meeting with representatives of non-governmental agencies, think-tanks and academic centres, who participated on 11 February in a discussion addressing the issue of Polish development cooperation.
The deputy head of the MFA emphasized the extraordinary significance of Poland being admitted in 2013 to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC OECD). "Joining the Committee is a very important step – the culmination of the modernization that has taken place over the last few years of Poland’s development assistance system. This is the result of Poland’s strong determination to conduct itself in accordance with the standards of the DAC," said Ms Pełczyńska-Nałęcz. She also remarked that membership in the DAC OECD gives Poland the right to be a full participant in the work of one of the world’s most prestigious forums for international cooperation.
During the meeting, the MFA’s plans to begin work on the 2016 – 2020 Multiannual Development Cooperation Programme were also presented. Ms Pełczyńska-Nałęcz remarked that an analysis should be conducted of the current Multiannual Programme and of the geographical and thematic areas which should constitute priorities of Polish development assistance in the coming years. "We are aware that Polish assistance should expand together with growth in the Polish economy," emphasized Ms Pełczyńska-Nałęcz.
The deputy head of Polish foreign affairs also presented plans for organizing upcoming grant programs – in the areas of humanitarian assistance, global education and volunteering. During the meeting, Ms Pełczyńska-Nałęcz additionally spoke about Poland’s active participation in global debate within the UN and EU concerning the future of development objectives – the post-2015 agenda. She informed the attendees that by the end of 2014, the Secretary General of the UN will present a report which will also begin the second phase of negotiations.