2 December 2016
Delegation of Poland actively participated to the first formal meeting in the Intergovernmental Process on Strengthening Respect for International Humanitarian Law, which took place from 28 to 29 November. The process was set out in resolution of the 32nd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent in December 2015.
The two days meeting allowed to examine and find agreement on organizational matters related to the intergovernmental process, as well as on a plan for work between now and the 33rd International Conference in 2019. Representative of Poland stressed that - the process should be inclusive, transparent and open to all actors concerned and called upon all states for active engagement in the spirit of compromise and joint responsibility. Poland supported the Swiss Government and the ICRC as co-facilitators of the process. The next formal meeting dedicated to issues of substance will be held in April 2017.
Delegation of Poland among the 108 national committees on IHL participated in the Universal meeting of National Committees and similar bodies on international humanitarian law, which was held from 30th of November to 2nd of December at Geneva. The universal meeting aims to identify ways to increase respect for IHL and other legal frameworks as relevant, particularly through domestic laws and policies, in order to enhance various kinds of protection in armed conflict. More specifically, it seeks to determine the role national committees and similar bodies on IHL can play in this regard, and how such bodies can strengthen their contribution to increasing respect for IHL domestically and beyond.
In Poland the Commission for International Humanitarian Law Affairs chaired by Ministry of Foreign Affairs serves as national committees on IHL. The Commission’s members include representatives of appropriate ministries and the Polish Red Cross. Among other duties the Commission prepares report on the implementation and dissemination of international humanitarian law (IHL) in Poland. The last third edition was published in February 2015.