Poland joins Action for Peacekeeping (A4P)
Poland joins the Action for Peacekeeping (A4P) initiative during a GA73 High-Level Meeting in New York on 25 September 2018. The A4P is a new United Nations' initiative launched by Secretary-General António Guterres at a Security Council High-Level Debate on 28 March 2018. Its primary aim is to refocus peacekeeping with realistic expectations, make peacekeeping missions stronger and safer; as well as mobilize greater support for both political solutions and forces.
"We urgently need a quantum leap in collective engagement. This is why I am launching a new initiative, 'Action for Peacekeeping', aimed at mobilizing all partners and stakeholders to support the great enterprise of United Nations peacekeeping," Secretary-General António Guterres said. "As peacekeeping marks its 70th anniversary, I hope we can develop a set of mutually-agreed principles and commitments to create peacekeeping operations fit for the future," he added.
The Polish Declaration of Shared Commitments on UN Peacekeeping Operations has been endorsed by President Andrzej Duda who stated that "Poles have the desire to live in peace, in a stable and strong state which ensures the safety, freedom and comfort of life of its citizens. Therefore, Poland is happy to join the declaration with the hope that its adoption will bring desirable effects." This way, Poland wishes to actively contribute to the international order based on peace.
The Polish Declaration of Shared Commitments goes hand-in-hand with concrete measures intended to foster peacekeeping. In August 2018, Poland shared its interest to engage in the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) to monitor the ceasefire between the Israeli and Syrian forces on the Golan Heights. Poland has also declared the participation of seven policemen in the newest UNMISS mission in Southern Sudan to consolidate peace and security.