U.S-Poland Joint Statement on Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom

Office of the Spokesperson

The following is the text of a joint statement by the Governments of the United States of America and Poland.

We are pleased to announce that Poland will host the “Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom” in Warsaw from July 14-16, 2020. The Ministerial will be organized in close cooperation with the United States and include participation from countries from across the world.

Building on the successes of the 2018 and 2019 ministerials hosted by the United States, the 2020 ministerial will allow countries to share different approaches, debate varying perspectives in the spirit of coherence and complementarity, and address challenges threatening the freedom of religion or belief. Participants will address a range of critical issues, such as improving the lives of persecuted and discriminated communities, empowering individuals to affect change, and promoting inclusive dialogue to mobilize action and increase awareness regarding the scale of persecution against religion or belief worldwide.

The close strategic partnership between Poland and the United States is highlighted by our common interest in advancing religious freedom. We invite countries to join the 2020 ministerial and the International Religious Freedom Alliance in order to exchange best practices and advance cooperation in this critical space.