Minister of Foreign Affairs Jacek Czaputowicz and President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Peter Maurer have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Humanitarian Aid Cooperation.
Signed at the offices of Poland’s Permanent Mission to the UN on the margins of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly in New York, the Memorandum follows up on arrangements made during President Maurer’s visit to Poland last April.
“For years, the Red Cross has been Poland’s reliable partner in providing humanitarian aid to those who are most in need,” said the chief of Polish diplomacy.
The Polish foreign minister declared the government’s readiness to support the ICRC’s work in such fields as protecting civilians in armed conflict, raising awareness about humanitarian law, and promoting human rights. Moreover, Poland pledged to make a financial contribution to the ICRC. Among the topics raised during the talks was also Poland’s membership of the Security Council, and the ICRC’s plans to draft a convention on human rights and humanitarian law, an issue both sides could collaborate on.
The officials went on to discuss the situation in Ukraine and Syria, where the ICRC has been taking active measures. So far, Poland has supported the ICRC’s role in extending humanitarian aid to the people affected by the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine. A close cooperation between Poland and the ICRC is also important in the context of ensuring the necessary humanitarian aid in Syria.