Hungary was one of the cosponsors of the working roundtable entitled “Preparing for 2017 Review of the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons: How to Bring Partners and Ideas Together?’ that took place at the UN on 5 December 2016.
H.E. Ambassador Katalin Bogyay hosted a historic panel discussion to honor the memory of Povl Bang-Jensen, the Danish hero who saved many Hungarian lives following the Revolution. Before the event, the Danish and Hungarian ambassadors and the panelists visited the rooftop of the UN Secretariat building where Bang-Jensen burned the list of secret witnesses in 1958.
From 28 to 30 November 2016 the Government of Hungary, in cooperation with the World Water Council, successfully organized the Budapest Water Summit 2016 to give momentum to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to water.
During the three-day conference Heads of State and Government, Ministers, high-level representatives of international organizations, business, the scientific community and civil society have gathered in Budapest, Hungary to promote the practical implementation of water-related objectives in the SDGs and the Paris Agreement. The event provided an opportunity to highlight that water connects, it does not divide.
H.E. Katalin Bogyay permanent representative of Hungary to the United Nations, in her capacity as Chair of the Group of Eastern European States for the month of November hosted the monthly Ambassadorial luncheon at the Permanent Mission of Hungary on 23rd November 2016.
On 22 November 2016, Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the UN, addressed the Security Council at the Open Debate on Water, Peace and Security. In her statement, Ambassador Bogyay underscored that through sustainable development, water should become a source of cooperation and peace and not of conflict.
On 16 November 2016, Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the UN hosted the Diplomatic Connections reception in honor of the Diplomatic Corps of New York and the New York business community.
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.
On 28th October 2016 the UN General Assembly elected 14 new members to the Human Rights Council for the term 2017-2019. Thanks to a successful campaign Hungary received the highest number of votes (144) ahead of Croatia (114) and Russia (112) in the Group of Eastern European States thus will serve in the Geneva based Council for three years starting from 1st January 2017. The Permanent Mission of Hungary would like to once again express its sincere gratitude for the support given to the candidature of Hungary.
On October 25, 2016, Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the UN, addressed the Security Council at the Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security. In her statement, Ambassador Bogyay highlighted the importance of women’s increased participation in peace processes.
This year’s UN Day Gala Concert was co-hosted by the United Nations and the Permanent Mission of Hungary to the UN on 24 October, 2016. The event started with opening remarks by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, President of the General Assembly Peter Thomson and Under-Secretary-General Cristina Gallach, followed by Dr. László Szabó, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary and Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the UN. The spectacular event featured performances by the orchestra of the Hungarian State Opera with world-renowned soprano Andrea Rost and tenor Boldizsár László, the dancers of the Hungarian National Ballet and international guest artists from Denmark, Sri Lanka, Australia and the Republic of Korea.
H.E. Peter Thomson President of the General Assembly organized the first ever informal meeting of the General Assembly with the new Secretary-General-designate Mr. António Guterres on 19th October. H.E. Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations asked the Secretary-General-to-be about his concrete plans on strengthening the UN’s response to the increasing phenomenon of human trafficking, forced labour and other forms of modern day slavery.
H.E. Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the UN hosted an event in the Headquarters of the United Nations on the occasion of the National Day to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the 1956 Revolution in Hungary, which started on October 23. H.E. Minister of State Dr. István Mikola welcomed the almost 300 guest on behalf of the Government of Hungary and explained the importance of freedom in the history of our country. Guest of honour Lady Valerie Solti, President of the Solti Foundation, widow of the founder of the World Orchestra for Peace - late Sir Georg Solti - also addressed the audience. The commemorative event featured traditional Hungarian folk music by the Zsikó Zoltán band as well as the masterpieces of Hungarian gastronomy by Chef András Hernádi. Participants could also learn more about the history of the Revolution through a roll-up exhibition displayed at the venue. We are grateful for the generous support of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight 60th Anniversary Memorial Board for sponsoring the event.
The following joint statement by the Foreign Ministers of Hungary, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States was delivered by Ambassador György Molnar (Hungary) at a plenary session of the United Nations First Committee at UN Headquarters in New York on October 17, 2016. States Parties to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention will hold their Eighth Review Conference in Geneva November 7-25, 2016, and Ambassador Molnar will serve as its President.
H.E. Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations visited H.E. Mr. Peter Thompson, President of the General Assembly the discuss Hungarian priorities in the UN and to prepare for joint action during the 71st Session of the GA.
H.E. Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations welcomed H.E. Mr. Georgi Panayotov the new Permanent Representative of Bulgaria to the UN to a courtesy visit today.
H.E. Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations held a meeting today with H.E. Mr. Carlos Filomeno Agostinho das Neves Permanent Representative of Sao Tome and Principe to the UN. The Ambassadors discussed possible ways of future cooperation within the UN.
H.E. Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations visited today H.E. Mr. Masud Bin Momen Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN. The meeting offered an excellent opportunity for the Ambassadors to discuss current status of many areas of their cooperation within the UN.
H.E. Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations visited today H.E. Mr. Mr. Yemdaogo Eric Tiare Permanent Representative of Burkina Faso to discuss possible ways of future cooperation within the UN.
At an event hosted by the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the European Union on 7 October 2016, Member States have celebrated, together with the President of the General Assembly and representatives of the UN system, the deposit of instruments of ratification for the Paris Agreement.
Earlier this week the EU, Austria, France, Germany, Hungary, Malta, Portugal and Slovakia deposited their instruments of ratification, thereby crossing the global emissions threshold for the Agreement to take effect.
H.E. Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations visited H.E. Mr. Milan Milanović Permanent Representative of Serbia today. During their meeting the Ambassadors discussed possible ways of cooperation within the UN.
H.E. Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations welcomed H.E. Mrs. Marie Chatardová the new Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to the UN to a courtesy visit today.
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.
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.
H.E. Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations welcomed H.E. Mr. Marc Pecsteen de Buytswerve the new Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Belgium to the UN to a courtesy visit today.
H.E. Peter Thomson President of the General Assembly organized an informal hearing for the newcomer candidate Mrs. Kristalina Georgieva of Bulgaria, on 3rd October. H.E. Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations asked the candidate on behalf of the ACT (Accountability, Coherence and Transparency) Group on the role of the Secretary-General in the maintenance of international peace and security in general, and on the interaction with the Security Council, in particular when a situation involve or are likely to lead to genocide, crimes against humanity or war crimes. In her national capacity Ambassador Bogyay asked Mrs. Georgieva’s views on the UN’s role in fighting terrorism and combatting “foreign terrorist fighters”.
Ambassador Katalin Bogyay participated in the first Steering Committee meeting of the World Science Forum in Preparation of the next WSF conference to be held in Amman, Jordan in 2017, under the theme ‘Science for Peace’.
The Permanent Mission of Hungary to the UN and the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the UN co-hosted the fourth meeting of the Global Sustainability Network (GSN).
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó headed the Hungarian delegation to the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly. In his statements at the Migration Summit and the plenary of the General Assembly, as well as at other events, Mr Szijjártó voiced Hungary's concerns and vision regarding the challanges facing today's Europe.
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.
Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Nadia Murad Basee Taha, who survived slavery at the hands of ISIL/Da’esh was today appointed a United Nations advocate for the victims of human trafficking. With the appointment, which marks the first time a survivor of atrocities is bestowed this distinction, Ms. Murad, a 23-year-old Yazidi woman, wears the mantle of Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
The Committee on Conferences (CoC) whitnessed a very succeful substantive session chaired by the Hungarian Permanent Representative, H.E. Katalin Bogyay between 6th and 13th September 2016. At the opening of the main session Under-Secretary General Catherine Pollard introduced the Report of the Secretary-General on the pattern of conferences for 2016 and Assistant Secre-tary-General Movses Abelian represented the UN Secretariat while providing very useful contri-bution to the work of the Committee during the entire week. Following substantial discussions, thanks to the active engagement of CoC Member States, for the first time in many years the Committee was able to adopt a resolution that was already translated into all the six official UN languages within the given time frame.
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.’
On 8 September 2016 the Steering Committee of the Group of Friends of Water invited UN Member States to discuss the main initiatives aiming at the implementation of the water related aspects of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations, underlined the need for cooperation and enhanced coordination between the various initiatives.
On 7 September 2016, the President of the UN General Assembly held a meeting in response to recent allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse committed by UN peacekeepers. Ambassador Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations, emphasized at the meeting that Hungary supports the UN’s zero tolerance policy on all forms of sexual exploitation and abuse.
Ambassador Bogyay hosted the Circle of Women Ambassadors on 6 September 2016 at the Permanent Mission of Hungary to the UN where she expressed strong support for the implementation of the SDGs and to work towards achieving gender equality.
On September 6, 2016, the UN General Assembly held a successful eight Informal Interactive Dialogue on the Responsibility to Protect (R2P). The Interactive Dialogue addressed the UN Secretary-General's eight annual report on R2P, entitled “Mobilizing collective action: The next decade of the responsibility to protect"
On September 1, 2016, the President of the UN General Assembly convened a High-Level Forum on the Culture of Peace with the goal of providing a platform for UN Member States, international organizations, civil society and the academia to have an exchange of ideas on the ways to build and promote the culture of peace. Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the UN, chaired the second panel discussion at the Forum which focused on the role of youth in promoting a culture of peace.
After the summer break, please find attached the Summer Bulletin of the Permanent Mission of Hungary, which recaptures the highlights of the past months.
The Permanent Mission of Panama to the UN, Amnesty International and ISHR organized an interactive discussion with Human Rights Council candidates on July 22, with the attendance of 9 out of 17 candidate countries. H.E. Mr. Adam Zoltan Kovacs, Deputy State Secretary for International Cooperation, highlighted Hungary’s commitments in the field of human rights and its pledges regarding the candidacy to become a member of the Council for the term 2017-19.