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 Hungarian Mission to the UN, in collaboration with UN Women, organized a successful Circle of Women Ambassadors Luncheon on 10 April 2017, gathering women Permanent Representatives and Ambassadors to the United Nations to discuss the latest developments on “Peace and Security: The Role of Women in Preventing Conflict”. H.E. Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Senior Adviser to the Secretary General Kyung-wha Kang and Under-Secretary General Jeffrey Feltman shared their insights on how the United Nations system can strengthen its work in this area.
H.E. Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations while supporting the statements of the EU and the ACT Group also addressed today the third thematic session of the Working Group on the Revitalization of the General Assembly. In her speech, the Ambassador underlined that by building on the achievements of making the selection process of the new SG more transparent, the Working Group should make sure that geographical rotation, gender balance, and best qualifications, equally important principles guide the selection of new executive heads of the Organization.
Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Hungary’s Permanent Representative to the UN and her Tajik co-moderator partner conducted a working level dialogue on improving the integration and coordination of the work of the United Nations on the water-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets on World Water Day, 22 March.
Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Hungary’s Permanent Representative to the UN was invited to speak about the role of women in water diplomacy as key to economic empowerment at the side event of the UN Commission on the Status of Women organized by the Women for Water Partnership.
In an event organized by the Permanent Mission of Hungary to the UN and UN Women, Chess Grandmaster and Planet 50-50 Champion, Judit Polgár spoke about fighting gender stereotypes.
On 22 May Ambassador Katalin Annamária Bogyay, Hungary’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations received H.R.H. Princess Nisreen El-Hashemite, Executive Director of the Royal Academy of Science International Trust for a curtesy visit to discuss the role women can play in making science diplomacy more efficient at the UN. Read More
24th Annual Foreign Press Association Scholarship Awards Reception & Dinner hosted by the Permanent Mission of Hungary to the UN
On 19 May 2017, Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the Un, a former prominent journalist and television presenter herself, co-hosted the FPA Scholarship Awards Reception at the Permanent Mission of Hungary to the UN. Read More
Member States of the ACT (Accountability, Coherence and Transparency) Group came together to discuss lessons learnt from the selection process of the UN Secretary General. Through this exercise the Group gained real prestige thanks to its contribution leading towards a more transparent and interactive process, as H.E. Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations said in her intervention at the meeting today organized by H.E. Mr. Jurg Lauber, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations. Read More
Intervention of H.E. Mr. Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary at the high-level action event on the Sustainable Development Goals, Innovation and Connectivity
The Action event of 17 May 2017 on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), innovation and connectivity was convened by the President of the General Assembly as part of the global push to mobilize decision makers from governments and private sector leaders to accelerate efforts for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. H.E. Mr Péter Sziijjártó, Hungary’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade has contributed to the interactive dialogue among stakeholders at the panel discussing the opportunities and eventual risks of the digital economy, pointing out Hungary’s ambition to take the lead in regional innovation development. Read More
Statement by H.E. Ambassador Katalin Annamária Bogyay at the High-Level Panel on "Women in Innovation and Connectivity: The Role of the Private Sector"
Statement by H.E. Ambassador Katalin Annamária Bogyay at the High-Level Panel on "Women in Innovation and Connectivity: The Role of the Private Sector"Read More
Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Hungary’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, member of the World Science Forum’s Steering Committee participated as invited speaker at the panel discussing government’s vision on private sector involvement of the High-Level Event on Women in Innovation and Connectivity linked to the annual Science, Technology and Innovation Forum of the UN’s Economic and Social Council on 15 May 2017. Read More