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 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.
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.
Hungary presented candidature to the World Heritage Committee at the elections to be held during the 21st Session of the General Assembly of State Parties to the World Heritage Convention in November 2017, in Paris. Read More
UN celebrates half a century of developing international trade law by UNCITRAL under Hungarian leadership
On 9 October 2017, the Sixth (Legal) Committee of the UN General Assembly held a successful debate on the work of the 50th session of UNCITRAL with H. E. Mr. János Martonyi, former Foreign Minister of Hungary and Chair of UNCITRAL. The debate addressed the presentation of the Chair and this year’s report of the Commission. On the margin of the debate, Minister Martonyi, together with Hungarian Permanent Representative Katalin Annamária Bogyay met Mr. Miguel de Serpa Soares, Under-Sectretary-General for Legal Affairs and Renaud Sorieul, Secretary of UNCITRAL. Read More
The Hungarian Mission to the UN, with the participation of Deputy-Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, organized another successful Circle of Women Ambassadors Luncheon on 6 October 2017, gathering high-level female UN officials and women Permanent Representatives and Ambassadors to the United Nations to discuss the role of gender equality (SDG5) in the implementation of Agenda 2030, and to welcome new women Ambassadors to the Circle. H.E. Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Deputy-Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, Senior Adviser to the Secretary General Ana Maríia Menéndez and fellow Ambassadors shared their insights on how Member States and the United Nations system can strengthen its work in this area, and presented their own initiatives in this regard. Read More
Intervention of Ms. Zsófia Rácz, UN Youth Delegate of Hungary, on the occasion of the Third Committee General discussion on Agenda Item 27
The inclusion of Youth into dialogue and decision-making is a priority for Hungary. Ms. Zsófia Rácz, UN Youth Delegate of Hungary, took the floor on 2 October on the occasion of the Third Committee General discussion on Agenda Item 27 (Social Development). Read More
High-level meeting of the General Assembly on the appraisal of the United Nations Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons
High-Level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly was convened on September 27 – 28, to review the implementation of the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons with the aim to assess achievements, gaps and challenges. As a member of the group of countries who are vocal about fighting modern day slavery and human trafficking in the UN, H.E. Ambassador Katalin Annamária Bogyay, actively participated at the two-day High Level Meeting during which the General Assembly endorsed the “Political declaration on the implementation of the United Nations Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons” by consensus. Ambassador Bogyay presented Hungary’s latest initiatives and programs related to the fight against trafficking in persons, and touched upon next steps as well. On September 28, Ambassador Bogyay spoke at the plenary session of the General Assembly, and pointed out the need for cooperation, coordination and data sharing in the fight against trafficking in persons. In her intervention at the panel discussion on effective partnership for the prevention and prosecution of trafficking in persons, Ambassador Bogyay highlighted the importance of disrupting financial flows associated with the phenomena as well as awareness raising and effective implementation of the 2O3O Agenda. Read More
Global Sustainability Network Conference and Forum on Eradicating Forced Labour, Ending Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking hosted by Hungary
H.E. Ambassador Katalin Annamária Bogyay, Hungary’s Permanent Representative to the UN hosted the annual conference of the Global Sustainability Network in New York on 25 September at the United Nations Headquarters followed by a forum at the Permanent Mission of Hungary to the UN. Founders of the Global Sustainability Network: Lord Bishop Alastair from the Church of England and Mr. Raza Jafar, entrepreneur and philanthropist travelled to New York for this occasion, while Monsignor Bishop Sanchez, Chancellor of the Roman Catholic Church had sent a video message urging world leaders to unite forces on eradicating forced labour, ending modern day slavery and human trafficking in line with target 7 of Sustainable Development Goal 8 under Agenda 2030. Read More