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.
H.E. Ambassador Katalin Annamária Bogyay hosted a reception on the occasion of “Introducing the process of Regional Counter-Terrorism Conferences preparing the second High-level Conference of Heads of Counter-Terrorism Agencies” on 9 October 2019
H.E. Ambassador Katalin Annamária Bogyay hosted a reception with the participation of nearly 100 participants form Mission around the United Nations on 9 October 2019 at the Permanent Mission of Hungary. H.E. Vladimir Voronkov, Under-Secretary-General from the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) has presented the details of the process and outcomes of Regional Counter-Terrorism Conferences aiming at preparing the second High-level Conference of Heads of Counter-Terrorism Agencies in 2020.Read More
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade H.E. Mr. Péter Szijjártó addressed the General Debate of the 74rd session of the General Assembly on 26 September
Click here to read the full statement of Minister Szijjártó. Read More
On the occasion of addressing the results of the strategy developed during the 73rd session of the General Assembly, to push forward the narrative of gender equality and empowerment of woman and build momentum for the preparation for the 25th Anniversary of Bejing Declaration and Platform of Action, H.E. Ms. Maria Fernanda Espinosa Gracés, President of the General Assembly organized a high-level event at the UN Headquarters. In her statement, H.E. Ambassador Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary introduced her initiative, the ‘Circle of Women Ambassadors’ at the UN she set up in 2015 and talked about the importance of networking, women empowerment, fighting stereotypes and joint forces within the UN as panelist at the panel discussion ‘Synergies between UN networks that encourage women participation and support the sharing of knowledge and experience’. Read More
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres launched the United Nations Plan of Action to Safeguard Religious Sites during an informal briefing about the United Nations Plan of Action at the UN Headquarters on 12 September 2019. The Secretary-General tasked Mr. Miguel Moratinos, the High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) with developing the Plan of Action on 22 March 2019 in the aftermath of the tragic terror attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. In her statement, H.E. Ambassador Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary underlined the importance of ensuring the realization of human rights as a solid basis for safeguarding religious sites such as the need for international cooperation and dialogue among religious denominations to fight together against the attacks on religious sites. Read More
The Permanent Mission of Ecuador together with Permanent Mission of Norway and the Permanent Mission of Russia to the UN co-hosted a high-level dialogue in association with the NYU Center on International Cooperation on reaffirming the commitment to multilateralism through the strengthening of the international system and institutions on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the UN. In her statement, H.E. Ambassador Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary underlined the importance of dialogue and cooperation among Member States within the UN and beyond, to reinforce the commitment to multilateralism and reform initiatives of the UN Secretary-General, H.E. Mr. António Guterres. Read More