12 Nov

The Security Council, under the Presidency of China, held an open debate on Strengthening Multilateralism and the Role of the United Nations on November 9, 2018. At the open debate Ambassador Katalin Annamária Bogyay delivered the national statement on behalf of Hungary. In her statement, Ambassador Bogyay emphasized the need of stronger and better multilateral institutions to demonstrate the value of the multilateral system. She stressed that in today’s interconnected and globalized world, multilateral solutions have no real alternatives. Multilateralism will survive, but perhaps with international, multilateral institutions which are new or renewed and/or reinvented.

In her statement, Ambassador Bogyay underlined the duty to promote and support a reformed, reinvigorated and strengthened multilateral system, also stressed that the current transformational changes the United Nations is undergoing have the potential to make it more able to deliver on its mandates and thus contribute to enhancing multilateralism. Besides the commitment of the new leadership of the organization, Member States themselves also have to be ready to change the UN.

Ambassador Bogyay emphasized the need of stronger and better multilateral institutions to demonstrate the value of the multilateral system. Hungary believes in the need for universal adherence to and implementation of the rule of law at both the national and international levels and its commitment to an international order based on the rule of law and international law, which, together with the principles of justice, is essential for peaceful coexistence and cooperation among States.

Hungary is a committed supporter of the effective functioning of the most important human rights body, the Human Rights Council. However due to over politicization, selectivity, the polarized nature of positions, unmanageable workload – the Council is less and less able to fulfil its tasks.

Ambassador Bogyay emphasized that Hungary has been committed to the Agenda 2030 from the very beginning. The Hungarian Government is strongly committed to address climate change, and Hungary supported the early entry into force of the Paris Agreement by ratifying it as one of the first countries. The international community observed the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statue. The Statue has stood the test of time, having created the International Criminal Court that has contributed not only to holding accountable the perpetrators of the most serious crimes, but also to assisting the victims of such crimes.

Ambassador Bogyay stressed that in today’s interconnected and globalized world, multilateral solutions have no real alternatives. Multilateralism will survive, but perhaps with international, multilateral institutions which are new or renewed and/or reinvented.

To read the full speech of the Ambassador, please click here.

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