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
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.
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.
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
On November 20-21, the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child was celebrated with a high-level meeting at the UN Headquarters. The plenary, opened by Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, President of the General Assembly and Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, among others, also included children participants, who shared their vision on child rights and remaining challenges in the implementation of the Convention. Read More
Open Debate in the Security Council on “The role of reconciliation in the maintenance of international peace and security”
On November 19, 2019, H.E. Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, addressed the Security Council at its Open Debate on “The role of reconciliation in the maintenance of international peace and security”. In his statement, Minister Szijjártó underlined the importance of returning honesty and mutual respect to the international discourse in order to overcome today’s serious conflicts. The Minister also highlighted that the recognition of the right of countries to stick to national identity, cultural, historic and religious traditions is an important precondition of reconciliation. Read More
On October 29, H.E. Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary addressed the Security Council on its annual Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security: “Towards the implementation of the WPS agenda: moving from commitments to accomplishments in preparation for the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of UNSCR 1325”. The Ambassador informed the Council about the ongoing work on the Hungarian WPS National Action Plan, and emphasized the importance of a survivor-centered and human-rights based approach. Read More
Hungary actively participated in the Interactive Dialogues of the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly: H.E. Ambassador Katalin Bogyay reaffirmed Hungary’s support for the freedom of religion and belief (17 October), the right to education (18 October), as well as the rights of minorities (22 October), and for the work of the respected mandate-holders among others. Read More
H.E. Ambassador Katalin Bogyay hosted a reception on the occasion of the National Day to commemorate the 1956 Revolution in Hungary, which started on October 23.
H.E. Ambassador Katalin Bogyay hosted a reception with the participation of H.E. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, President of the General Assembly who was awarded with the symbolical statute called the ‘Cry for Freedom’. Nearly 200 UN Ambassadors and prominent figures from the New York society attended the event on 21 October 2019 at the Permanent Mission of Hungary that featured Hungarian folk music by the “Fényes Band” as well as delicacies of the national cuisine. Read More