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
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.
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.
H.E. Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations concluded her one-year long chairmanship of the United Nations Committee on Conferences to H.E. Mr. Lewis Brown Ambassador of Liberia. Hungary remains member of the Committee until 2018 and will be represented in the Bureau by Ms. Rita Le Diffard, diplomat at the Hungarian Mission who has been elected as rapporteur today. Read More
On June 20, 2017, H.E. Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the UN, hosted the closing event of the 60th Anniversary Memorial Year of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. The closing ceremony provided an opportunity to present the newly published book “A CRY FOR FREEDOM: Reflections on the 1956 Hungarian Revolution at the UN and Beyond” as well as the Statues of Remembrance. Read More
Interventionby H.E. Ambassador Katalin Annamária Bogyay at the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict
Interventionby H.E. Ambassador Katalin Annamária Bogyay at the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in ConflictRead More
On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, the SRSG on Sexual Violence in Conflict, the SRSG for Children and Armed Conflict, and the Permanent Mission of Argentina to the UN hosted a panel discussion focusing on “Preventing Sexual Violence Crimes through Justice and Deterrence.” In her intervention, Ambassador Katalin Annamária Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations, highlighted the importance of accountability, awareness raising, as well as fighting stigmatization related to sexual violence in conflict. Read More
The 10th Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is taking place on 13-15 June 2017 in New York. The conference, marking the 11th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention in 2006, is focusing on “The Second Decade of the CRPD: Inclusion and full participation of persons with disabilities and their representative organizations in the implementation of the Convention”. In her statement, H.E. Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the UN, highlighted steps taken by the Government to fulfill the aims set out in the Convention. Read More
Statement by H.E. Ambassador Katalin Annamária Bogyay at the General Debate of the 10th Session of the Conference of State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Statement by H.E. Ambassador Katalin Annamária Bogyay at the General Debate of the 10th Session of the Conference of State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on “The Second Decade of the CRPD: Inclusion and full participation of persons with disabilities and their representative organizations in the implementation of the Convention”Read More