Poland joins UN Security Council
PR dla Zagranicy
January 1 marks the beginning of Poland's non-permanent membership at the UN Security Council (UNSC).
Flag of the United Nations. Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Wilfried Huss/CC0 Creative Commons
Poland officially assummed the position on New Year's Day and will hold it for two years.
Last Friday Poland's foreign minister Witold Waszczykowski said that Poland would face an array of challenges in its role as a non-permanent member of the council.
The country was engaged in a flurry of efforts in the first half of 2017 to secure support for its bid for a seat at the table in 2018 and 2019.
The UN Security Council consists of five veto-wielding permanent members (China, France, Russia, the UK and US), and 10 non-permanent members elected by the organisation’s General Assembly for a term of two years.
One non-permanent place goes to a country from Eastern Europe.
Poland will hold the mandate for the sixth time.