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
With the end of the sixth session on 13 July 2018, the intergovernmental negotiations on the UN Global Compact for Migration (GCM) got concluded. The outcome will be adopted at a conference to be held in Marrakech, Morocco on 10-11 December 2018. Hungary was represented at the closing session by H.E. Mr Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, who delivered a national statement. By thanking the co-facilitators for their efforts in leading the process, Minister Szijjártó expressed concerns on the GCM package and flagged that the Government of Hungary will consider it at its next meeting, with a view to launching the eventual disassociation in due course.
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 Hungary’s first Voluntary National Review of SDG implementation at the High Level Political Forum
Hungary’s first Voluntary National Review on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) presented by H.E. Mr László Palkovics, Minister of Innovation and Technology on 18 July 2018 focused on the goals on water and sanitation, energy provision, sustainable cities, responsible consumption and production, and balanced ecosystems. These priorities underpin Hungary’s policies to achieve long term sustainable development in a crosscutting manner, through synergies enhanced by innovation and technology. Read More
Joint side event by Women and Water Partnership and the Permanent Mission of Hungary to the UN on the role of women in implementing SDG 6 on water and sanitation
The High Level Political Forum (HLPF) side event of 12 July chaired by H.E. Ambassador Katalin Annamária Bogyay, Hungary’s Permanent Representative to the UN addressed the question whether women are meaningfully involved in SDG 6 on water and sanitation in Member States’ national implementation plans for the Sustainable Development Goals. With the contribution of the former chairperson of the UN Secretary-Generals' Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB), UN-Women and Women and Water Partnership, representatives from South-Africa, Australia, Germany, the Netherlands and the European External Action Service shared their experiences in terms of combining SDGs 5 and 6 and reflected on the way ahead. Read More
Hungary calls for a more effective and faster cooperation and information sharing to prevent terrorism and violent extremism
On 28 June 2018, H.E. Dr. György Bakondi, Chief Security Advisor to the Hungarian Prime Minister has emphasized in his statement that the simplification of international channels could make the cooperation more efficient and faster, without violating national interests and objectives. Read More
On June 25, 2018, the UN General Assembly held a successful formal debate on the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) entitled “Responsibility to Protect and the Prevention of Genocide, War Crimes, Ethnic Cleansing and Crimes Against Humanity”. The formal debate organized for the first time after 2009 addressed the UN Secretary-General's tenth annual report on R2P, entitled “From Early Warning to Early Action” In her remarks, Ambassador Bogyay reaffirmed Hungary’s strong commitment towards the principle of Responsibility to Protect (R2P). Read More
Minister János Martonyi, outgoing Chair of UNCITRAL opened the 51st Session of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law
On 25 June 2018, H. E. Prof Dr. János Martonyi, former Foreign Minister of Hungary and the outgoing Chair of UNCITRAL opened the 51st Session of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). Read More