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  • 9 February 2017

    On his official visit to Tuvalu, Ambassador Zbigniew Gniatkowski presented the Letters of Credence to the Governor General of Tuvalu Sir Iakoba Taeia Italeli, starting the first-ever mission as the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to Tuvalu.

     (…) Poland and Tuvalu share the same values of freedom and democracy. We have common interests on the world stage. I’m coming to Tuvalu in a symbolic time. The Paris Agreement was signed, ratified, also by Poland and the European Union, and entered into force. We know all the concerns of your countrymen about the climate change. Thanks to the decisions taken in Marrakesh we now have 2 years to develop implementation rules of the new climate regime. This may not seem like a long period but, let me assure you, Poland will make every effort to make it possible on time, that is in 2018 during COP24, which we will proudly host and preside over. (…) The Polish Presidency of COP24 is proof of our unprecedented engagement in the development of the global climate change policy. On this occasion, I would also recall Poland’s engagement in different initiatives, dedicated to the most vulnerable countries, such as Warsaw mechanism and Adaptation Fund. -  the Polish Ambassador said in his speech to the gathering of most senior representatives of Tuvalu Government with the Governor General and Prime Minister of attendance.


    During the visit which took place on 31 January to 2 February in Funafuti, the Polish Ambassador met with numerous representatives of Tuvalu Government including Prime Minister Enele Sosene Sopoaga, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Economic Development Maatia Toafa and Minister of Home Affairs and Rural Development Namoliki Sualiki Neemia as well as the heads of several governmental agencies. Ambassador Gniatkowski visited a local school, where he distributed educational materials about Poland among the pupils, as well as the Tuvalu Philatelic Bureau. This government body is famous for issuing beautiful stamps. One of the limited collections issued in 2014 was dedicated to the canonization of the Polish Pope John Paul II. Ambassador also visited the sites of the infrastructural investments run with the EU’s  European Development Fund, of which Poland is a contributor.


    Another substantial objective of this visit was a technical mission with participation of a Polish engineer Piotr Grzybowski, PhD of the Warsaw University of Technology, who is currently a visitor at the Knowledge Engineering & Discovery Research Institute at the Auckland University of Technology. Dr Grzybowski’s mission involved assessment of the current situation and further needs in waste management, sanitation and water management in Tuvalu.

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