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 the initiative of H.E. Ambassador Katalin Annamária Bogyay Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations, the Permanent Representatives of the Visegrad Group met with US Permanent Representative H.E. Ambassador Nikki Haley to discuss ways of enhancing cooperation on the UN fora on 12 October at the Hungarian Mission.
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 Minister of Justice, H.E. Mr. László Trócsányi and his distinguished delegation visited New York between 14-18 November 2017. Read More
Thematic session on “Women as Leaders for Diversity and Development" of the World Science Forum in Jordan on 7-11 November 2017
Jordan is hosting World Science Forum, the largest ever scientific gathering of the Middle East under the patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah II. bin Al-Hussein at the Dead See on 7-11 November 2017 around the theme of ‘Science for Peace’. The Forum has been co-organized by the Royal Scientific Society of Jordan, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the International Council for Science (ICSU), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and chaired by Her Royal Highness Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan of Jordan. H.E. Ambassador Katalin Annamária Bogyay, Hungary’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations and member of the Forum’s Steering Committee led the thematic session on “Women as Leaders for Diversity and Development" on 8 November as moderator with Her Majesty Queen Noor Al-Hussein, H.R.H. Princess Sumaya, South Africa’s Minister for Science and Technology, as well as senior women managers of AAAS, the Japan Science and Technology Agency, the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science, and the European Research Council as speakers. Read More
The President of the Human Rights Council, Joaquín Alexander Maza Martelli presented the annual report of the Council to the 72th session of the UN General Assembly and Third Committee on 2 November 2017. At the interactive Dialogue with the President in the Third Committee, Zoltán Varga, Deputy Permanent Representative of Hungary to the UN, reiterated Hungary’s strong support to the work of the Human Rights Council and its mechanisms. Read More
Hungary participates at the conference “Peace, Reconciliation and Justice: The Future of Religious and Ethnic Minorities Victimized by Daesh”
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. Read More
On 31 October 2017, a Security Council Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict was organised by the French presidency of the Council to take stock of progress, remaining challenges and discuss ways forward in order to eliminate violence against children affetced by armed conflict and demobilise and reintegrate child soldiers. In her statement, Ambassador Bogyay highlighted the importance of fighting stigma as well as radicalisation and recrutiment through social media. Read More
On October 27, 2017, Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the UN, addressed the Security Council at the 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. Read More