News & Highlights
“The main challenge ahead of the global community is the coronavirus pandemic, but it should not mean that we do forget about the security challenges which we have to face all around the globe” – Minister Péter Szijjártó said at the virtual UN high-level Replenishment Conference for the Peacebuilding Fund, on 26 January 2021. He also announced the deployment of 15 additional troops to the already existing Hungarian contingency in the UN peacekeeping mission in Lebanon (UNIFIL).
H.E. Mr. Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary addressed the General Assembly at its very first formal debate on third report of the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism. Minister Szijjártó highlighted the Hungarian political commitment and financial contributions of Hungary to the successfully operation of the IIIM.
H.E. Mr. János Áder, President of Hungary participated in the High-level Meeting on Climate and Sustainable Development for All, which was organized by the President of the General Assembly on 28 March 2019. On the margin of the High-level event President Áder also held bilateral meetings with H.E. Mr. António Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations, H.E. Mr. Borut Pahor, President of Slovenia as well as with Alexander van der Bellen, President of Austria.
On 18 October 2018 H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, former Secretary-General of the UN, was awarded the ‘"A cry for freedom" commemorative bronze statute by Ambassador Katalin Bogyay on the occasion of the Hungarian National Day commemorating the 1956 Hungarian Revolution.
23 September 2020, in his pre-recorded national statement, President Áder raised attention on the devastating impact that humankind has had on the Globe, especially in the 21st century. He raised the General Assembly's attention on the increasing number of water-related disasters and unresponsible waste management that cause severe damages both in societies and the ecosystem as a whole. Read More
Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting: “Cyber Stability, Conflict Prevention and Capacity Building”
On 22 May, Estonia as the President of the Security Council held an Arria-formula meeting on cyber issues. Member States as well as the briefers (including Izumi Nakamitsu USG) showed their support for a better coordination, cooperation, capacity building and confidence building measures for a stable, open, free, accessible and safe cyber space. Ambassador Katalin Bogyay also emphasized the importance of the two UN lead forums – GGE and OEWG – in the context of international security and the role of the OSCE and its Informal Working Group on Development of Confidence-Building Measures – which is chaired by Hungary since 2017. Read More
Ambassador György Molnár, Chair of the Nuclear Security Contact Group addressed the NPT Thematic Seminar on Pillar II: Non-Proliferation
On 2-3 March, 2020 UNODA organized a thematic seminar on pillar II. (non-proliferation) of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) with the financial support of the EU. Ambassador György Molnár in his capacity as the Chair of the Nuclear Security Contact Group (NSCG) gave a presentation in the panel on nuclear security on Hungary’s work as convener of the NSCG composed of states that are prepared to play a leading role in strengthening nuclear security. Read More
National Statement on the 'First meeting of the intergovernmental negotiations on the Declaration for the Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary'
On February 21, 2020, Her Excellency Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary made a national national statement at the first meeting of the intergovernmental negotiations on the Declaration for the Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the UN. Read More
Minister Szijjártó addressed the UNGA plenary on “The situation in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine”
On Thursday, February 20, 2020, H. E. Minister Szijjártó addressed the General Assembly’s plenary session on “The situation in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine”, besides his several other meetings in the UN. In his statement, Minister Szijjártó stressed that while fully supporting the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine, Hungary firmly rejects the violations of indigenous Hungarian minorities’ rights by the neighbouring country. Read More
Panel discussion on “Listening to Survivors of Religious Persecution: The Call for Religious Freedom” at the UN
On November 20, the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the UN and the Aid to the Church in Need organized a panel discussion "Listening to Survivors of Religious Persecution: A Call for Religious Freedom". As a panelist, Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary reaffirmed Hungary's commitment to assisting persecuted Christians, outlining national humanitarian and development programs of the Prime Minister's Office and the Hungary Helps Agency, as well as its international advocacy amplifying the voices of religious minorities facing violence worldwide.Read More