Foreword by H.E. Ambassador Katalin Annamaria Bogyay
The imperative to realize UN vision of positive peace through international cooperation has never been stronger, nor more urgent than today. Never before have we been so interdependent through the social, economic, and technological systems of our own creation, and never have we been able to so profoundly disrupt these systems through our actions, including the ecosystems of the planet. It would be difficult to name a pressing social, economic or environmental challenge today that does not call for a coordinated international cooperation. This trend will only get stronger with time.
In the practice of international relations, it is common to look at the world as divided into the developed and developing, democratic and democratizing, rich and poor, North and South. Putting countries into distinct and simple categories serves as a conceptual tool for academicians and politicians alike. But it also obstructs our vision of the true diversity of humanity, and prevents us from understanding the shared values that make us one human family.
I firmly believe that the only way to achieve and preserve peace within and also among societies is through mutual acceptance and the respect of cultural diversity. I stand for listening, understanding, arguing. In other words, I stand for true dialogue.
“Dialogos” is a Greek compound-word widely mistranslated and often misunderstood, because of confusion between “duo” and “dia”. It does not mean a conversation between two people or two groups, but an acceptance, by two participants or more, that they will compare and contrast their respective arguments to the very end. Dialogue is accordingly a perilous enterprise, for it implies a risk that either participant may find his or her argument transformed, and thus their very identity put to the test. Dialogue retains, even when this is not apparent, a latent conversational quality; and this shines through in its written form. That keeps it alive. We need that kind of ongoing and open dialogue in order to achieve and maintain international peace and security.
Only this way we can live up to the high expectations of our forefathers.
We, the UN Ambassadors representing our countries are temporary occupants of this house, but what we do here will affect the global struggle for a peaceful tomorrow long after our mandates. Let us hope that during our tenures, despite the mistakes made along the way, we have set the right course for this venerable Organization.
News & Highlights
The Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the UN, together with the NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion and Belief and the humanitarian organisation Roads of Success organized a conference on the plight of Daesh suffered by victims, and especially minorities, and on possible ways forward to provide accountability, reconstruction and return. As a panelist, H.E. Ambassador Katalin Annamária Bogyay presented Hungary Helps, a comprehensive and ambitious humanitarian and development program aimed at helping communities restart their lives on their homeland.
On the initiative of H.E. Ambassador Katalin Annamária Bogyay Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations, the Permanent Representatives of the Visegrad Group met with US Permanent Representative H.E. Ambassador Nikki Haley to discuss ways of enhancing cooperation on the UN fora on 12 October at the Hungarian Mission.
On 12 July 2017, H.E. Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations hosted a Salon d’Été with world-renowned Hungarian mezzo-soprano, Ms. Andrea Meláth. Held in the presence of H.E. Mr Peter Thomson, President of the General Assembly, the exclusive event celebrated Women in their numerous roles of life, bringing the voice of powerful female characters from the most beautiful songs and operas of history. The evening was also a special commemoration of Hungarian composer and ethnomusicologist Zoltán Kodály and his groundbreaking oeuvre.
Members at the 27th meeting of State parties to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination elected today 9 new experts to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) by secret ballot for the term 2018-2021. The election of dr. Rita Izsák-Ndíaye, Hungary’s first time candidate by the third largest number of votes is a great success; a recognition of her professionalism, enthusiasm and extensive knowledge of human rights related issues with special focus on racial discrimination and protection of minorities.
Addressing complex contemporary challenges to international peace and security at the Security Council
On December 20, 2017, Ambassador Katalin Annamária Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the UN, addressed the Security Council at the Open Debate on addressing complex contemporary challenges to international peace and security. In her statement, Ambassador Bogyay highlighted the importance of addressing water related challenges, taking the reform forward, empowering women and putting further emphasis on prevention. Ambassador Bogyay reiterated Hungary’s firm commitment to the role of preventive diplomacy and mediation. Read More
The Steering Committee members of the Group of Friends of Water: the Permanent Representatives of Finland, Hungary, Tajikistan, Thailand and Switzerland have jointly convened a meeting at United Nations Headquarters on 30 November to update Member States about recent developments in the international water arena and share views regarding the preparation of upcoming water related events. H.E. Ambassador Katalin Annamária Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the UN debriefed her counterparts about the working-level dialogues on improving the integration and coordination of the work of the UN on the implementation of SDG 6 on water and sanitation, which she conducted as co-moderator with Tajikistan on 22 March and 30 May 2018. Read More
The Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the UN, in cooperation with the Knights of Columbus and the Nineveh Recinstruction Committee (NRC) organized a panel discussion to discuss ways to re-build shattered communities and strengthen religious pluralism in conflict-affected areas of Northen Iraq. As a panelist, H.E. Ambassador Katalin Annamária Bogyay presented the comprehensive humanitarian aid, reconstruction and development programs provided by the Hungarian Government in the Nineveh region and beyond. Read More
On 27 November 2017, H.E. Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations hosted a “Salon d’hiver”, this time with a special focus on the role of men in art and life through a colorful variety of music from Haydn, Liszt, Bartók and Kodály, interpreted by pianist Imre Pátkai. The evening was organized in the framework of the Kodály Memorial Year 2017. Read More
Hungary welcomes the adoption of SC Resolution 2388 at the Open Debate of the Security Council on Trafficking in Persons in Conflict Situations
On November 21, 2017, Ambassador Katalin Annamária Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the UN, addressed the Security Council at the Open Debate on Trafficking in Persons in Conflict Situations. In her statement, Ambassador Bogyay welcomed the adoption of SC Resolution 2388 and highlighted the importance of enhanced coordination, close cooperation and strong leadership in combatting Human Trafficking. Read More