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 agenda of the fifth round of intergovernmental negotiations on the UN Global Compact for Migration (GCM) consists of detailed discussions of the second revised draft of the document, as circulated by the co-facilitators from Mexico and Switzerland on 28 May. H.E. Mr. Péter Szijjártó took the floor on the first day in a national capacity and expressed Hungary’s views on the second revised draft based on the position that migration cannot be perceived as a positive phenomenon, while it presents risks and security challenges for the countries of origin, transit and destination at the same time.
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.
Presentation of the zero draft of the modalities on Universal Health Coverage: Together for a healthier world
H.E. Ambassador Katalin Annamária Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary and H.E. Ambassador Vitavas Srivihok, Permanent Representative of Thailand as co-facilitators of the modalities resolution on Universal Health Coverage have presented the draft resolution submitted by the President of the General Assembly on scope, modalities, format and organization of the high-level meeting on Universal Health Coverage at the United Nations. Read More
On the occasion of a new research project led by Professor András Nagy on Povl Bang-Jensen, the Danish diplomat who helped to save many lives after the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, a dinner was hosted by Ambassador Bogyay in the company of H.E. Mr. Ib Petersen, Permanent Representative of Denmark to the United Nations; Ms. Bridget Sisk, Chief of the UN Archives and Records Management and a guest of honor Per Bang-Jensen, Povl Bang-Jensen’s son. Read More
H.E. Ambassador Katalin Annamária Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary has been nominated to chair of the Thirty-Sixth Meeting of States Parties of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) by the Eastern European Regional Group and Japan, the Chair of the previous meeting of Sates Parties. During the meeting Ambassador Bogyay conducted the election of 9 new members to the Human Rights Committee for the term 2019-2022. Read More
The Hungarian Mission organized a full-house high-level panel discussion on “Political participation and accessibility” on 13 June 2018, on the margins of the 11th Conference of the States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Read More
On 12 June 2018 Rabbi Schneier was presented the ‘"A cry for freedom" commemorative bronze statute by Ambassador Katalin Bogyay on the occasion of the fortieth anniversary of the return of the Holy Crown of St. Stephen from the United States to Hungary. Read More
H.E. Ambassador Katalin Annamária Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary thanked the co-chairs for their efforts aiming at consolidating all Member States and Group positions into the further revised elements paper. While remaining open to continue discussions this year, the Ambassador reiterated Hungary’s support for finally moving into the phase of text based negotiations with a small first step of attributing proponents to proposals. Read More