Polish President Andrzej Duda and his wife will travel to Switzerland on Monday on a two-day visit to commemorate the centenary of Polish independence and the Polish diplomat who helped save Jews during world war II.
The visit is expected to start with a meeting with Michael Møller, the under-secretary-general of the United Nations at the Palace of Nations, the seat of the United Nations in Geneva.
Duda is to talk about Poland’s priorities while it is a member of the United Nations Security Council.
Poland joined the council as a temporary member for a two-year stint in January and served as its president for one month in May.
On Monday evening, Duda and his wife, Agata Kornhauser-Duda, are to take part in a concert marking 100 years of Polish independence, where the Polish president is expected to deliver a speech.
This year marks the anniversary of the armistice which brought about the end of WWI, paving the way for Poland to return to the map of Europe after more than 120 years of partitions and foreign rule.
The concert will feature music from Polish composers Fryderyk Chopin, Stanisław Moniuszko, and statesman and architect of independent Poland Ignacy Paderewski.
On Tuesday, Duda is to attend the unveiling of a monument in Lucerne commemorating Konstanty Rokicki, a WWII-era Polish consul who, as a member of the Bernese Group of Polish diplomats and Jewish activists which was backed by the Polish government-in-exile, worked with South American governments to provide about 1,000 Jews in Nazi-occupied Poland with fake passports, saving some 800 lives.
Also on Tuesday, Duda is to give a lecture on the future of European integration at Zurich University.