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
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.
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.
Hungary delivers the first common ACT statement on how to improve working methods of the UN General Assembly
Dr. Zoltán Varga, Deputy Permanent Representative of Hungary delivered a statement today on behalf of the 25 Member States of the Accountability, Coherence & Transparency ACT Group, at the 2nd thematic debate of the Ad-Hoc Working Group on revitalization of the United Nations General Assembly, dealing with working methods. The Group agrees that the GA needs to increase its efficiency in the context of emerging global challenges to make sure it can live up to its role as one of the principal organs of the UN. Read More
The 49th session of the UN Statistical Commission took place in New York on 6‐9 March 2018 around the theme of Better data - better lives, supporting the implementation of the Agenda 2030. The Hungarian delegation at the session was led by Dr. Gabriella Vukovich, the President of Hungary’s Central Statistical Office. Read More
On the occasion of the 62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62), a “Salon Extraordinaire” was held at the Hungarian Mission to the UN, in honour of H.E. Ms Katalin Novák, Minister of State for Family and Youth Affairs, Head of Delegation of Hungary to the session. The event focused on the empowerment of rural women, with a special regard on female oenologists and winemakers. Read More
H.E. Ms Katalin Novák, Minister of State for Family and Youth Affairs participated at the high-level segment of the 62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, held in New York from March 12th to 14th, 2018, in New York. Read More
On 14 March 2018 the mandate of the High Level Panel on Water (HLPW) ended with the release of its outcome package consisting of a final report, including recommendations and summaries of key initiatives by the Panel, an open letter to fellow leaders and a “galvanizing” video calling for action. Hungary’s longstanding commitment to sustainable and integrated water resources management has been demonstrated by the active participation of H.E. Mr. János Áder, the President in the Panel’s work. At the handover ceremony in UN Headquarters, Hungary was represented by H.E. Ambassador Katalin Annamária Bogyay, Permanent Representative to the UN. Read More
On 15 February 2018 H.E. Ambassador Katalin Bogyay opened and moderated the Foreign Policy Association panel discussion focusing on the role of women in social and economic development. Read More