IAPR Gala, 2019
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 main challenge ahead of the global community is the coronavirus pandemic, but it should not mean that we do forget about the security challenges which we have to face all around the globe” – Minister Péter Szijjártó said at the virtual UN high-level Replenishment Conference for the Peacebuilding Fund, on 26 January 2021. He also announced the deployment of 15 additional troops to the already existing Hungarian contingency in the UN peacekeeping mission in Lebanon (UNIFIL).
H.E. Mr. Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary addressed the General Assembly at its very first formal debate on third report of the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism. Minister Szijjártó highlighted the Hungarian political commitment and financial contributions of Hungary to the successfully operation of the IIIM.
H.E. Mr. János Áder, President of Hungary participated in the High-level Meeting on Climate and Sustainable Development for All, which was organized by the President of the General Assembly on 28 March 2019. On the margin of the High-level event President Áder also held bilateral meetings with H.E. Mr. António Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations, H.E. Mr. Borut Pahor, President of Slovenia as well as with Alexander van der Bellen, President of Austria.
On 18 October 2018 H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, former Secretary-General of the UN, was awarded the ‘"A cry for freedom" commemorative bronze statute by Ambassador Katalin Bogyay on the occasion of the Hungarian National Day commemorating the 1956 Hungarian Revolution.
23 September 2020, in his pre-recorded national statement, President Áder raised attention on the devastating impact that humankind has had on the Globe, especially in the 21st century. He raised the General Assembly's attention on the increasing number of water-related disasters and unresponsible waste management that cause severe damages both in societies and the ecosystem as a whole. Read More
On June 23, the Security Council held an open debate on the Children and Armed Conflict, where Special Representative Virginia Gamba presented the Secretary-General’s annual report. Henrietta Fore, Executive Director of UNICEF, also briefed the Council. Read More
High Level Event promoting the Accelerating implementation of the 2030 Agenda through water, sanitation and climate action
On Friday, May 29, 2020, Her Excellency Ms. Katalin Annamária Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the UN addressed the almost 800 registered participants of the High Level Event of the Group of Friends of Water. At the meeting co-organized by Hungary entitled “Accelerating implementation of the 2030 Agenda through water, sanitation and climate action”, Ambassador Bogyay highlighted the means of how Hungary works towards maintaining its active and leading role on the international level in the field of water management.Read More
Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting: “Cyber Stability, Conflict Prevention and Capacity Building”
On 22 May, Estonia as the President of the Security Council held an Arria-formula meeting on cyber issues. Member States as well as the briefers (including Izumi Nakamitsu USG) showed their support for a better coordination, cooperation, capacity building and confidence building measures for a stable, open, free, accessible and safe cyber space. Ambassador Katalin Bogyay also emphasized the importance of the two UN lead forums – GGE and OEWG – in the context of international security and the role of the OSCE and its Informal Working Group on Development of Confidence-Building Measures – which is chaired by Hungary since 2017. Read More
Ambassador György Molnár, Chair of the Nuclear Security Contact Group addressed the NPT Thematic Seminar on Pillar II: Non-Proliferation
On 2-3 March, 2020 UNODA organized a thematic seminar on pillar II. (non-proliferation) of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) with the financial support of the EU. Ambassador György Molnár in his capacity as the Chair of the Nuclear Security Contact Group (NSCG) gave a presentation in the panel on nuclear security on Hungary’s work as convener of the NSCG composed of states that are prepared to play a leading role in strengthening nuclear security. Read More