Permanent Representative level Friends of Water meeting at the Hungarian Mission
On behalf of the Steering Committee of the Group of Friends of Water up till now: Finland, Tajikistan, Thailand, Switzerland and Hungary, H.E. Ambassador Katalin Annamária Bogyay, Permanent Representative to the UN hosted a working discussion of the group at Permanent Representative level on preparations for the High Level Political Forum, which will examine the implementation of SDG 6 on water and sanitation in July 2018. As the group previously received expression of interest from seven Member States to join its Steering Committee, the members endorsed the enlargement by welcoming Canada, Brazil, Egypt, Ethiopia, Japan, Jordan and the Russian Federation to the Steering Committee. Andorra, Lebanon, Nepal and Mexico have joined the group as new members.
Security Council open debate on protection of civilians in armed conflict
The Security Council, under the Presidency of Poland, held an open debate on protection of civilians in armed conflict on May 22, 2018. At the open debate Ambassador Katalin Annamaria Bogyay delivered the national statement on behalf of Hungary. In her statement, Ambassador Bogyay said that the best way to protect civilians is the prevention of armed conflicts and highlighted the key importance of accountability and ending impunity.
Hungary participates at the interactive debates with Security Council candidates by WFUNA
This year`s interactive debates in the run-up to the UN Security Council elections proved again that non-permanent seats to the Council must be earned. Belgium and Germany from the Western European and others group as well as the Maldives and Indonesia from the Asia-pacific region presented their respective programs and were ready to respond to many questions from fellow Member States and representatives of the civil society. H.E. Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations asked candidates both on behalf of the 25 Member States of the Accountability Coherence and Transparency (ACT) Group, as well as in her national capacity, at the hearings organized by the World Federation of UN Associations (WFUNA).
On the way to electing the first South-American female President of the General Assembly
The UN General Assembly held the first ever interactive dialogue on 4 May, with H.E. Mary Elisabeth Flores, Permanent Representative of Honduras and María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, Foreign Minister of Ecuador, candidates running for the Presidency of the 73rd GA session. H.E. Ambassador Katalin Annamária Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary asked, on behalf of the 25 Member States of the ACT (Accountability, Coherence and Transparency) Group, how the candidate of Honduras intends to enhance further transparency and accountability of the President’s Office and to build up her team taking into account gender and geographical balance. From the Ecuadorian candidate, Ambassador Bogyay asked in her national capacity about her goals to enhance the rights of persons with disabilities; to facilitate quick and effective responses of the General Assembly to emergency situations as well as on her views about the role of cultural diplomacy.
At the informal meeting of the General Assembly, the Head of thee International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism presented the first report of the IIIM on the implementation of its mandate
On 18 April 2018, Catherine Marchi-Uhel, Head of the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism to Assist in the Investigation and Prosecution of Persons Responsible for the Most Serious Crimes under International Law Committed in the Syrian Arab Republic since March 2011 presented the first report of the IIIM for the member states. Hungary supports the mechanism and contributes to its funding.