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
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.
After the first water dialogue meeting of 22 March on World Water Day, a second dialogue has been convened by the President of the UN General Assembly on 30 May to take stock of progress made and exchange views on the relevance of possible next steps. The dialogues co-moderated by H.E. Ambassador Katalin Annamária Bogyay, Hungary’s Permanent Representative to the UN and Mr. Lukmon Isomatov, Head of Department of External Economic Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan tackled improving the integration and coordination of the work of the UN on the water-related goals and targets under its sustainable development pillar, with particular emphasis on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The Hungarian Mission to the UN, in collaboration with UN Women, organized a successful Circle of Women Ambassadors Luncheon on 10 April 2017, gathering women Permanent Representatives and Ambassadors to the United Nations to discuss the latest developments on “Peace and Security: The Role of Women in Preventing Conflict”. H.E. Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Senior Adviser to the Secretary General Kyung-wha Kang and Under-Secretary General Jeffrey Feltman shared their insights on how the United Nations system can strengthen its work in this area.
H.E. Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations while supporting the statements of the EU and the ACT Group also addressed today the third thematic session of the Working Group on the Revitalization of the General Assembly. In her speech, the Ambassador underlined that by building on the achievements of making the selection process of the new SG more transparent, the Working Group should make sure that geographical rotation, gender balance, and best qualifications, equally important principles guide the selection of new executive heads of the Organization.
Successful meeting with the President of the General Assembly – Tajikistan and Hungary finalized the summary of the dialogue on integrating and coordinating the work of the United Nations on the water-related Sustainable Development Goals and targets
The water dialogue co-moderated by H.E. Ambassador Katalin Annamária Bogyay, Hungary’s Permanent Representative to the UN and Mr. Lukmon Isomatov, Head of Department of External Economic Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan addressed improving the integration and coordination of the work of the UN on the water-related goals and targets under its sustainable development pillar, with particular emphasis on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The co-moderators presented their summary document on the outcome of the process to the President of the General Assembly on 3 August 2017 and agreed on next steps. Read More
Successful Permanent Representatives’ meeting of ACT adopted joint position on the lessons learned from the selection and appointment of the new UN Secretary-General
H.E. Ambassador Katalin Annamária Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the UN participated and intervened at the final meeting of Permanent Representatives of the ACT group before the summer break on 21 July 2017. The group reached agreement on the lessons learned from the selection and appointment of the ninth UN Secretary-General in 2015 - 2016. Read More
Hungary’s President participated at the Third UN Thematic Session on Water and Disasters and held fruitful meetings with Secretary General António Guterres and the UN’s special envoy for Cities and Climate Change, Michael Bloomberg
H.E. Mr János Áder, President of Hungary participated at the Third United Nations Special Thematic Session on Water and Disasters on 20 July in New York, where he gave a keynote speech about global water challenges. The event was organized by Dr. Han, the UN Secretary General’s Special envoy for Disaster Risk Reduction and Water, involving members of the High Level Panel on Water. President Áder had a fruitful meeting with Secretary General António Guterres about pressing issues related to sustainable development, and with Michael Bloomberg, UN special envoy for Cities and Climate Change. He exchanged views with the President of Mauritius and Dr Han about next steps regarding the Panel’s work. Read More
Hungary supports the General Assembly’s resolution on continuing the inter-governmental negotiations on the reform of the Security Council
On behalf of Hungary, H.E. Ambassador Katalin Annamária Bogyay, Permanent Representative to the UN supported the resolution to roll-over the inter-governmental negotiations on the Security Council reform at the plenary meeting of the General Assembly on 19 July, by stressing the need for text based negotiations at the 72nd session of the body. Read More
Participating at the ministerial segment of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, Mr. Ferenc Dancs, Deputy Secretary of State for international cooperation reconfirmed Hungary’s strong commitment to deliver on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Read More