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.
Global Sustainability Network Conference and Forum on Eradicating Forced Labour, Ending Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking hosted by Hungary
H.E. Ambassador Katalin Annamária Bogyay, Hungary’s Permanent Representative to the UN hosted the annual conference of the Global Sustainability Network in New York on 25 September at the United Nations Headquarters followed by a forum at the Permanent Mission of Hungary to the UN. Founders of the Global Sustainability Network: Lord Bishop Alastair from the Church of England and Mr. Raza Jafar, entrepreneur and philanthropist travelled to New York for this occasion, while Monsignor Bishop Sanchez, Chancellor of the Roman Catholic Church had sent a video message urging world leaders to unite forces on eradicating forced labour, ending modern day slavery and human trafficking in line with target 7 of Sustainable Development Goal 8 under Agenda 2030. Read More
Hungary was represented on the highest level at the High Level Week of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Upon the opening of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, the 32nd Annual International Prayer Breakfast took place on 12 September at the United Nations. The event was moderated by H.E. Ambassador Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the UN and hosted by the Foreign Service Fellowship International and the Christian Embassy to the UN. Read More
The annual High Level Forum on the Culture of Peace took place on 7 September at the UN. H.E. Ambassador Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the UN, participated in the panel discussion focusing on the role of early childhood development in fostering peaceful societies. She emphasized the importance of soft diplomacy in achieving peace, and presented how Hungarian policies of early childhood education foster social inclusion and talent support. Read More
Stocktaking of progress on SDGs by the President of the 71st session of the General Assembly, including the outcome of the water dialogue co-moderated by Hungary and Tajikistan
On 8 September 2017 H.E. Mr Peter Thomson, President of the UN General Assembly convened an interactive dialogue with the Member States to take stock of progress made on the implementation of the Agenda 2030 during the 71st session of the Assembly. Mr Thomson presented his final SDG report that gathered wide-ranging support from Member States. H.E. Ambassador Katalin Annamária Bogyay, Hungary’s Permanent Representative to the UN gave a debrief on the key messages of the water dialogue’s outcome. Ambassador Bogyay pointed out that tackling the challenges related to the integration and coordination of the UN’s work on the water-related SDG goals and targets is highly timely. The dialogue reached a momentum that merits further looking at common ground and finding the right fora for follow-up. Read More