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 was welcomed by H.E. Mrs. Ambassador Nikki Haley at the United States Mission to the United Nations to discuss mutual global challenges at the United Nations and beyond.
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.
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). Read More
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. Read More
Benjamin Ferencz, last surviving prosecutor at the Nuremberg trials has expressed his views regarding international peace and justice at the High-Level Event “Atrocity Prevention and the Fight against Impunity”
On 30 April 2018, the Hungarian born, Benjamin Ferencz, Former Prosecutor for the Nuremberg Tribunal was a special guest at High-Level Event “Atrocity Prevention and the Fight against Impunity” organized by Denmark and Rwanda as well as the Global Centre for Responsibility to Protect. H.E. Ambassador Katalin Annamária Bogyay, permanent representative of Hungary has underlined in her speech Hungary’s commitment to fight impunity and emphasized the importance of education and changing minds. Read More
In addition to supporting the statements of the EU and the Accountability Coherence and Transparency (ACT) Group, H.E. Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations also addressed today the fourth thematic debate of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Revitalization of the General Assembly in her national capacity at the meeting that discussed the strengthening of the accountability, transparency and institutional memory of the Office of the President of the GA (OPGA). Read More
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. Read More
On April 3, 2018, Ambassador Katalin Annamária Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the UN, addressed the Group of Friends of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations on Preventing Violent Extremism and Sustaining Peace at the meeting organized by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC). In her statement, Ambassador Bogyay highlighted the importance of action and collaboration from the entire international community to tackle the global threat of violent extremism. Read More