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 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.
With the end of the sixth session on 13 July 2018, the intergovernmental negotiations on the UN Global Compact for Migration (GCM) got concluded. The outcome will be adopted at a conference to be held in Marrakech, Morocco on 10-11 December 2018. Hungary was represented at the closing session by H.E. Mr Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, who delivered a national statement. By thanking the co-facilitators for their efforts in leading the process, Minister Szijjártó expressed concerns on the GCM package and flagged that the Government of Hungary will consider it at its next meeting, with a view to launching the eventual disassociation in due course.
The agenda of the fifth round of intergovernmental negotiations on the UN Global Compact for Migration (GCM) consists of detailed discussions of the second revised draft of the document, as circulated by the co-facilitators from Mexico and Switzerland on 28 May. H.E. Mr. Péter Szijjártó took the floor on the first day in a national capacity and expressed Hungary’s views on the second revised draft based on the position that migration cannot be perceived as a positive phenomenon, while it presents risks and security challenges for the countries of origin, transit and destination at the same time.
H.E. Mr. Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary was welcomed by H.E. Mrs. Ambassador Nikki Haley at the United States Mission to the United Nations to discuss mutual global challenges at the United Nations and beyond.
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.
The Security Council, under the Presidency of China, held an open debate on Strengthening Multilateralism and the Role of the United Nations on November 9, 2018. At the open debate Ambassador Katalin Annamária Bogyay delivered the national statement on behalf of Hungary. In her statement, Ambassador Bogyay emphasized the need of stronger and better multilateral institutions to demonstrate the value of the multilateral system. She stressed that in today’s interconnected and globalized world, multilateral solutions have no real alternatives. Multilateralism will survive, but perhaps with international, multilateral institutions which are new or renewed and/or reinvented. Read More
H.E. Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the UN hosted a reception in the Lincoln Center on the occasion of the National Day to commemorate the 62th anniversary of the 1956 Revolution in Hungary, which was followed by the performance of the Hungarian State Opera in the presence of the President of Hungary, H.E. János Áder and First Lady H.E. Anita Herczegh. Read More
On October 25, an open Arria formula meeting on Children born of sexual violence in conflict was organized by the Permanent Missions of Poland, France, Germany and Bolivia, at the UN. In her statement, Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the UN highlighted the importance of eliminating stigma and ensuring a human rights-based, survivor-centered approach to protect victims of sexual violence and their children. Read More
On October 25, 2018, Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the UN, addressed the Security Council at its annual Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security. In her statement, Ambassador Bogyay highlighted the importance of women’s increased participation at all stages and levels of peace processes, and underlined the role of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in preventing conflict and achieving sustainable peace. Read More
Hungary actively participated in the Interactive Dialogues of the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly, expressing its support for the rights of minorities, the right to mother-tongue education, as well as freedom of religion and belief, among others. Read More
H.E. Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General chaired the first global meeting of UN Resident Coordinators with Member States on 19 October in the ECOSOC chamber to discuss progress on the reform of the UN development system and exchange views about expectations with regard to the new generation of Resident Coordinators and UN country teams to become operational as of 1 January 2019. H.E. Ambassador Katalin Annamária Bogyay, Hungary’s Permanent Representative to the UN was invited to give her remarks at the panel, as chair of the Eastern European group for the month of October. Read More