Visegrad 4 – US Ambassadorial lunch at the Hungarian residence
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.
UN celebrates half a century of developing international trade law by UNCITRAL under Hungarian leadership
On 9 October 2017, the Sixth (Legal) Committee of the UN General Assembly held a successful debate on the work of the 50th session of UNCITRAL with H. E. Mr. János Martonyi, former Foreign Minister of Hungary and Chair of UNCITRAL. The debate addressed the presentation of the Chair and this year’s report of the Commission. On the margin of the debate, Minister Martonyi, together with Hungarian Permanent Representative Katalin Annamária Bogyay met Mr. Miguel de Serpa Soares, Under-Sectretary-General for Legal Affairs and Renaud Sorieul, Secretary of UNCITRAL.
Circle of Women Ambassadors
The Hungarian Mission to the UN, with the participation of Deputy-Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, organized another successful Circle of Women Ambassadors Luncheon on 6 October 2017, gathering high-level female UN officials and women Permanent Representatives and Ambassadors to the United Nations to discuss the role of gender equality (SDG5) in the implementation of Agenda 2030, and to welcome new women Ambassadors to the Circle. H.E. Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Deputy-Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, Senior Adviser to the Secretary General Ana Maríia Menéndez and fellow Ambassadors shared their insights on how Member States and the United Nations system can strengthen its work in this area, and presented their own initiatives in this regard.
High-level meeting of the General Assembly on the appraisal of the United Nations Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons
High-Level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly was convened on September 27 – 28, to review the implementation of the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons with the aim to assess achievements, gaps and challenges. As a member of the group of countries who are vocal about fighting modern day slavery and human trafficking in the UN, H.E. Ambassador Katalin Annamária Bogyay, actively participated at the two-day High Level Meeting during which the General Assembly endorsed the “Political declaration on the implementation of the United Nations Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons” by consensus. Ambassador Bogyay presented Hungary’s latest initiatives and programs related to the fight against trafficking in persons, and touched upon next steps as well. On September 28, Ambassador Bogyay spoke at the plenary session of the General Assembly, and pointed out the need for cooperation, coordination and data sharing in the fight against trafficking in persons. In her intervention at the panel discussion on effective partnership for the prevention and prosecution of trafficking in persons, Ambassador Bogyay highlighted the importance of disrupting financial flows associated with the phenomena as well as awareness raising and effective implementation of the 2O3O Agenda.
Global Sustainability Network Conference and Forum on Eradicating Forced Labour, Ending Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking hosted by Hungary
H.E. Ambassador Katalin Annamária Bogyay, Hungary’s Permanent Representative to the UN hosted the annual conference of the Global Sustainability Network in New York on 25 September at the United Nations Headquarters followed by a forum at the Permanent Mission of Hungary to the UN. Founders of the Global Sustainability Network: Lord Bishop Alastair from the Church of England and Mr. Raza Jafar, entrepreneur and philanthropist travelled to New York for this occasion, while Monsignor Bishop Sanchez, Chancellor of the Roman Catholic Church had sent a video message urging world leaders to unite forces on eradicating forced labour, ending modern day slavery and human trafficking in line with target 7 of Sustainable Development Goal 8 under Agenda 2030.