Secretary Clinton, along with numerous other foreign ministers, attended the 10th anniversary meeting of the Community of Democracies in Krakow, Poland. The Community of Democracies, which was founded by Clinton’s predecessor Madeleine Albright and the late Polish Foreign Minister Bronislaw Geremek, aims to encourage international cooperation among democratic countries in supporting and defending democracy worldwide. Each country represented at the meeting reaffirmed its commitment to strengthen and promote democratic values and practices, and an award for promoting democracy in honor of the late Foreign Minister Geremek was presented to Father Jose Conrado, a Cuban priest known for his outspoken criticism of the dictatorship. Secretary Clinton spoke at the event, as did Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski and Polish freedom fighter Lech Walesa, the founder of the Solidarity trade union.