EU and first string of its Member States setting the Paris Climate Agreement to enter into force early November
On 5 October, the EU, Austria, France, Germany, Hungary, Malta, Portugal and Slovakia deposited their instruments of ratification of Paris Climate Agreement, thereby triggering its entry into force on 4 November 2016.
Reception to introduce Hungary’s candidature to the Human Rights Council
H.E. Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the UN hosted a reception to introduce Hungary’s candidature to the Human Rights Council for the term 2017-2019. The Ambassador confirmed that Hungary believes to have a meaningful contribution to provide to the work of the Human Rights Council, the most important human rights body of the United Nations. She expressed her hope that Hungary can count on the support of UN Member States for this important candidacy at the elections that will take place on 28th October 2016, in the UN General Assembly in New York.
World Leaders Call for Action on Water
On 21 September 2016, the High Level Panel on Water (HLPW), co-convened by the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the President of the World Bank Group and consisting of 11 sitting Heads of State and Government and one Special Adviser, called for a fundamental shift in the way the world looks at water that will underpin a more sustainable approach to global development – as outlined in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, and in particular SDG 6 which focuses on ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. At the meeting of the HLPW, President of Hungary H.E. Mr. János Áder, member of the Panel, underlined that we have about 15 years to turn our water management sustainable before the problem would get out of control in the face of worsening climate change. To solve this looming challenge, we all have to join forces, share the knowledge and give way to water cooperation.
The United Nations General Assembly opened its 71st session
The United Nations General Assembly opened its 71st session, as the outgoing Assembly President, Mogens Lyketoff passed the gavel on to the new President, Peter Thomson of Fiji. The session opened with an emphasis on ensuring that implementation of the sustainable development goals, adopted by the UN Member States last year, is well underway. Mr. Thomson, who had had been serving as the Permanent Representative of Fiji to the United Nations until his appointment, said that the theme of the 71st session is ‘The Sustainable Development Goals: A Universal Push to Transform our World.’
Official visit of Deputy Speaker of the Hungarian Parliament, H.E. István Hiller
The former Minister of Culture visited New York to discuss issues of Holocaust remembrance, education, and culture.