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
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.
After the first water dialogue meeting of 22 March on World Water Day, a second dialogue has been convened by the President of the UN General Assembly on 30 May to take stock of progress made and exchange views on the relevance of possible next steps. The dialogues co-moderated by H.E. Ambassador Katalin Annamária Bogyay, Hungary’s Permanent Representative to the UN and Mr. Lukmon Isomatov, Head of Department of External Economic Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan tackled improving the integration and coordination of the work of the UN on the water-related goals and targets under its sustainable development pillar, with particular emphasis on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
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.
Participating at the ministerial segment of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, Mr. Ferenc Dancs, Deputy Secretary of State for international cooperation reconfirmed Hungary’s strong commitment to deliver on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Read More
Statement by H.E. Ambassador Katalin Bogyay Permanent Representative on the occasion of the Launch of the Plan of Action for Religious Leaders and Actors to Prevent Incitement to Violence that Could Lead to Atrocity Crimes
Statement by H.E. Ambassador Katalin Bogyay Permanent Representative on the occasion of the Launch of the Plan of Action for Religious Leaders and Actors to Prevent Incitement to Violence that Could Lead to Atrocity CrimesRead More
Today, the UN and religious leaders and Member States gathered to launch a comprehensive “Plan of Action for Religious Leaders and Actors to Preventv Incitement to Violence that Could Lead to Atrocity Crimes”. In her statement, H.E. Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations drew attention to intercultural and interfaith dialogue in conflict prevention, and commended the commitment of faith leaders to fight discriminatory social norms against women, gender-based violence and engage in victim support. Read More
Presentation of the Secretary-General's report on repositioning the UN development system to match the ambition of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals
The Secretary-General tabled his report on the repositioning of the United Nations (UN) development system on 30 June 2017, as part of his wider initiative to strengthen cohesion, increase accountability and improve results of the UN as a whole. The mandate to bring the functioning of the UN development family to its full potential stems from the Agenda 2030, and the General Assembly resolution number 71/243 on the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review of UN operational activities for development (QCPR). The report draws up eight principles and thirty-eight action proposals for the way ahead, worked out with the lead of Deputy Secretary-General, Ms Amina J. Mohammed. H.E. Ambassador Katalin Annamária Bogyay, Hungary’s Permanent Representative to the UN welcomed the report and highlighted two areas, where further improvement of coordination and coherence is needed by the UN: provision and sustainable management of water and sanitation, and the fight against human trafficking and modern day slavery. Read More
The 8th Session of the Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing is taking place on 5-7 July 2017 in New York. The conference, this year, is focusing its general discussion on “Measures to enhance the contribution of Older Persons to Social Development”. In its national statement, Hungary confirmed its commitment to the promotion and protection of rights of persons with disabilities, and highlighted Government policies as well as local and civil society initiatives aimed at bettering the quality of life of the elderly, promoting active ageing and intergenerational connectedness and solidarity. Read More
Multi-stakeholder hearing preparing for the High-level meeting to review the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons
On 23 June 2017, the President of the General Assembly H.E. Mr Peter Thomson organized an informal, interactive multi-stakeholder hearing in preparation for the High-level plenary meeting to review the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons taking place at UN headquarters at the end of September. H.E. Ambassador Katalin Annamária Bogyay, Hungary’s Permanent Representative to the UN delivered her remarks in the first panel of the hearing addressing a human rights-based, survivor-centered approach to trafficking and modern day slavery. Read More