49th annual session of the United Nations Statistical Commission in 2018
The 49th session of the UN Statistical Commission took place in New York on 6‐9 March 2018 around the theme of Better data - better lives, supporting the implementation of the Agenda 2030. The Hungarian delegation at the session was led by Dr. Gabriella Vukovich, the President of Hungary’s Central Statistical Office.
Handover of the report of the High Level Panel on Water to the UN Secretary General
On 14 March 2018 the mandate of the High Level Panel on Water (HLPW) ended with the release of its outcome package consisting of a final report, including recommendations and summaries of key initiatives by the Panel, an open letter to fellow leaders and a “galvanizing” video calling for action. Hungary’s longstanding commitment to sustainable and integrated water resources management has been demonstrated by the active participation of H.E. Mr. János Áder, the President in the Panel’s work. At the handover ceremony in UN Headquarters, Hungary was represented by H.E. Ambassador Katalin Annamária Bogyay, Permanent Representative to the UN.
H.E Minister of State Katalin Novák participates at CSocD56
H.E. Ms Katalin Novák, Minister of State for Family and Youth Affairs and H.E. Ms Boglárka Illés, Deputy State Secretary for Youth Affairs and Equal Opportunities, and Ms Zsófia Rácz, UN Youth Delegate participated at the 56th Session of the Commission for Social Development and the ECOSOC Youth Forum from 29-31 January 2018 in New York.
Meeting of the Group of Friends of Water with the President of the General Assembly
H.E. Ambassador Katalin Annamária Bogyay, Hungary’s Permanent Representative to the UN participated at the meeting of the Permanent Representatives of the Steering Committee of the Friends of Water with the President of the General Assembly on 29 January to discuss the preparations for the high-level World Water Day event of 22 March 2018, which is about to launch the “2018–2028 International Decade for Action – Water for Sustainable Development”.
V4 statement on the Future of Europe
Under the Hungarian V4 Presidency the V4 Prime Ministers held a summit in Budapest on 26 January 2018. The Visegrad Countries reiterate their common approach concerning the Future of Europe as expressed in their declarations before the Bratislava and Rome meetings of the Heads of State and Government as well as their support to the Bratislava roadmap and the Rome declaration. The Visegrad countries welcome the debate on the future of the EU as they believe that the EU is the best framework to face and tackle both internal and external challenges. The Prime Ministers also discussed the issue of mass migration including the process aiming at creating a Global Compact on Migration in the United Nations framework.