MIL-OSI Translation: Consultations in the field of public and cultural diplomacy

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Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland in Polish

During his speech, Deputy Minister Papierz emphasized that the overriding objective of public and cultural diplomacy is to gain understanding and support for the Polish raison d’état among the partners abroad. At the same time, he noted that the challenge facing Polish diplomacy today is to translate the most important content about our history, cultural and religious heritage as a factor of national identity into the language of the modern recipient, understood in various civilizational and cultural circles. In this process, understanding and respect for other cultures and traditions is also important. – Such diplomacy, addressed to a foreign recipient – institutions, organizations and societies, is a sine qua non condition for traditional diplomacy – he added. The deputy head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs also expressed hope that through his activity – conducted professionally, with humility and readiness for dialogue – Polish diplomatic missions will co-shape the positive image of Poland abroad as well as its presence and involvement in various international structures. – Projects and campaigns carried out by Polish institutions together with partners in the country and abroad will contribute to building Poland’s strong position and perceiving us as professional partners – noted the deputy minister. In this context, he also indicated the need for close cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute

The secretary of state in the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, invited to participate in the consultations, Jarosław Sellin emphasized that Poland does not have a better export product than Polish culture as part of public and cultural diplomacy. – Effective historical policy must be based on permanent institutions in Poland, including Museum. Ulma families in Markowa, the recently established new Museum of the Warsaw Ghetto, or the Museum of Polish History – the deputy minister noted. The President of the City of Gdynia, Wojciech Szczurek, who was present at the event, said that cities are playing an increasingly important role in promoting Poland and shaping a positive image of the country in the world. – Cities build their image through culture, which makes them an element of dynamic development of the country – he added.

The directors of Polish Institutes and representatives of the Embassies and Consulates General of the Republic of Poland take part in the meeting in Gdynia. To participate in the consultations were invited, among others representatives of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, the National Agency for Academic Exchange, Polish Radio for Foreign Affairs, TVP and other institutions important in activities for public and cultural diplomacy. The purpose of the consultations is to discuss action plans within the framework of Poland’s promotion abroad and implement the priorities of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the field of public and cultural diplomacy for 2019. The agenda of the meeting includes: meetings in the form of a workshop with the participation of experts in the field of public and cultural diplomacy, new media, promotion of Polish language and tourism, as well as specialists dealing with the subject of Polish-Jewish dialogue. Meetings and discussions were also planned at the European Solidarity Center, the Emigration Museum and the Museum of the Second World War. Office of the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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