Chief of Protocol of UNSG Antonio Guterres, Mr. Peter Van Laere, conveyed the message of the Secretary General of the United Nations in the Book of Condolence for the loss of so many young lives at the tragic bus crash.
Sixteen people died in the coach accident which occurred in the vicinity of Verona, in Italy, just before midnight, one person in a critical condition is being kept in an artificially induced coma, two persons are severely injured, ten persons have serious injuries, while thirteen have light injuries. Twelve people survived the accident without injuries, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó told the press.
H.E. Ambassador Valentine Rugwabiza, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Rwanda paid a courtesy visit to H.E. Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations today. The Ambassadors discussed key issues and recent developments related to the UN and they also agreed to cooperate on various topics from the UN agenda, such as the fight against modern day slavery, and against the trafficking of persons as well as the improvement of intercultural and interfaith dialogue.
On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the 1956 Revolution, H.E. Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the UN hosted a panel discussion on the “1956 Hungarian Revolution and the 20th Century Democratization Processes".
On 13 January 2016, the Permanent Mission of Hungary and the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy hosted a seminar entitled “The role of interreligious and intercultural dialogue in peace and security”.
On 10 January 2017, the Security Council – on the initiative of Sweden - held a ministerial-level open debate on conflict prevention and sustaining peace. Ambassador Katalin Bogyay spoke at the event and thanked Secretary-General Guterres for resolving already on his first day in office to “put peace first”.
The well-known business, diplomacy and foreign policy publication held its annual New York reception at the Permanent Mission of Hungary. Ambassador Bogyay hosted the event which provided an opportunity for making new connections between the business and diplomatic communities of New York. The Ambassador was interviewed by James A. Winship, the Chief Diplomatic Correspondent.
On October 25, 2016, Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the UN, addressed the Security Council at the Open Debate on Trafficking in Persons in Conflict Situations. In her statement, Ambassador Bogyay welcomed the adoption of this historic resolution and encourages the Security Council to address this topic on a regular basis.
On 15 December 2016, Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the UN, addressed the Security Council at the Open Debate on the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. In her statement, Ambassador Bogyay underlined Hungary’s long-standing commitment in the field of non-proliferation, and in the fight against terrorism. She welcomed the unanimous adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2325 (which Hungary co-sponsored as well) in this regard.
H.E. Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary introduced Dr. Miklós Szócska, Hungarian candidate for the position of Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) during a two-day campaign trip in New York.
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.
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 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.