H.E. Mr. Peter Thomson President of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly held a plenary debate to kick-off this years’ round of the Intergovernmental Negotiations (IGN) process on the Question of equitable representation on and increase in the membership of the Security Council. In her statement H.E. Katalin Bogyay permanent representative of Hungary explained our countries position concerning the Security Council reform and called for urgent action to make the most important decision making body of the UN more representative of the world it supposed to protect.
H.E. Katalin Bogyay permanent representative of Hungary to the UN like many other speakers stressed the urgent need for reforming the Security Council and to start text based negotiations in the IGN as soon as possible. Hungary is in favor of enlarging the Security Council in both the permanent and non-permanent membership categories, and underlines the legitimate request of the Group of Eastern European States for an additional seat in the non-permanent category. However enlargement cannot stand alone, it has to be accompanied by the review of working methods in order to make the Council’s work more effective and transparent. As a Member of the ACT (Accountability, Coherence and Transparency) Group Ambassador Bogyay invited countries that have not yet joined the ACT Code of Conduct which constitutes a voluntary pledge not to vote against Security Council resolutions aimed at preventing or ending atrocity crimes, to do so. Please find on the right the statements made by Ambassador Katalin Bogyay.