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. Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary participated in the High-Level Segment’s General Debate of the annual High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on 17 July. Minister Szijjártó also held bilateral meetings with H.E. Mr. Muhammad Abdul Mannan, Minister of Planning of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, H.E. Rodrigo Malmierca Díaz, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Investments of the Republic of Cuba as well as H.E. Ms. Olga Algayerova, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).
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.
On June 27 and 28, 2019, the UN General Assembly held a successful formal debate on the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) entitled “Responsibility to Protect and the Prevention of Genocide, War Crimes, Ethnic Cleansing and Crimes Against Humanity”. The formal debate organized for the second time after 2009 addressed the UN Secretary-General's eleventh annual report on R2P, entitled “Lessons Learned for Prevention” In Hungary’s national statement delivered by Legal Adviser Mr. Gyula Mike reaffirmed Hungary’s strong commitment towards the principle of Responsibility to Protect (R2P) was reaffirmed.Read More
Informal meeting of the General Assembly on Combatting Antisemitism and Other Forms of Racism and Hate
Upon the initiative of the Permanent Missions of the United States, Canada, Israel and the EU, the President of the General Assembly hosted an informal meeting of the General Assembly on Combatting Antisemitism and Other Forms of Racism and Hate on 26 June 2019. Addressing the event, H.E. Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the UN affirmed the Hungarian Government’s zero tolerance policy against anti-Semitism, and underlined the importance of education and prevention on eliminating hate speech and incitement, which target religious minorities around the world.Read More
On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, 19 June, the Permanent Mission of Argentina, together with the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) on Sexual Violence in Conflict and the SRSG for Children and Armed Conflict, organized a high-level event at the UN Headquarters. In her statement, H.E. Ambassador Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary underlined the need for comprehensive, personalised support for survivors and their communities to eliminate stigma, foster re-integration, inclusion, which supports healing and builds resilience, with special regard to survivors of violence directed towards members of religious minorities.Read More
Successful Conclusion of the 12th Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
The 12th Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities took place on 11-13 June, 2019, with the participation of more than thirty high-level State Party representatives and more than 1500 participants altogether. Besides the General Debate and three high-level roundtables, close to hundred side events were held during the Conference. Hungary, as Vice-President and member of the Bureau, has been actively engaged to make the session successful and inclusive. Read More
Around 40 Permanent Missions offered colorful handicrafts products as well as a variety of delicious culinary masterpieces at this years’ UN International Bazaar, a very successful charity event that took place on 6 June at the UN Plaza. For the fifth consecutive year the Permanent Mission of Hungary participated with a national merchandize and food stand at the event organized under the patronage of Mrs. Catarina Marquez de Almeida Vaz Pinto, wife of the UN Secretary General and contributed this way to the important fundraising work of UNHCR projects around the world. Read More
H.E. Mr. Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary participated in several events in the United Nations Headquarters on 14 and 16 May 2019
H.E. Mr. Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary participated in the 2019 ECOSOC 4th annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum) organized by the President of the Economic and Social Council on 14 May 2019 as well as in its side events. On 14 and 16 May Minister Szijjártó participated also in the High-level Thematic Debate on Addressing Inequality Toward Inclusive Development as a panelist and in the High-level meeting on “International Cooperation to Combat Illicit Financial Flows and Strengthen Good Practices on Assets Return” organized by the President of the General Assembly under the theme “Prosperity Week”. Read More