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
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.
Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Hungary’s Permanent Representative to the UN was invited to speak about the role of women in water diplomacy as key to economic empowerment at the side event of the UN Commission on the Status of Women organized by the Women for Water Partnership.
In an event organized by the Permanent Mission of Hungary to the UN and UN Women, Chess Grandmaster and Planet 50-50 Champion, Judit Polgár spoke about fighting gender stereotypes.
High-level event to mark the 10th anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
On 25 April, the President of the General Assembly convened a High-Level meeting to mark the 10th anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Read More
Statement by H.E. Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the UN, at the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous PeoplesRead More
Hungary has been reelected by ECOSOC to the Executive Board of World Food Programme (WFP) on 19 April 2017 until the end of 2020. Read More
The Importance of Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue in Preventing Conflict and Post-conflict Peacebuilding
The Group of Friends meeting of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations was held on 19 April in New York to discuss the role of Interreligious and Intercultural dialogue processes as a tool for preventing conflict and post-conflict peacebuilding. Read More
H.E. Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations met today H.E. Ms. Loreen Ruth Bannis-Roberts Permanent Representative of Dominica. The Ambassadors discussed initiatives for future cooperation regarding issues on the UN Agenda, such as empowering women and girls. Read More
H.E. Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations met today H.E. Mr. Ry Tuy Permanent Representative of Cambodia to discuss possible fields of future cooperation. Read More