Meeting with UN Secretary-General António Guterres and also with Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman on 21 February 2017, H.E. Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary announced that the Government of Hungary has decided to make a voluntary contribution of $50.000 in support of the work of the UN Department of Political Affairs in the fields of conflict prevention and mediation.
Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade H.E. Mr. Péter Szijjártó was the first to speak as non-Council member in the Chamber about the question of European peace and stability, expressing the hope that the new US administration and Russia will put emphasis on engaging in a dialogue in order to facilitate the resolution of conflicts in the region.
On 21 February, at the bilateral meeting held with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, H.E. Péter Szijjártó, Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade announced that Hungary decided to offer a voluntary contribution of 50.000 Euro for the establishment of International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM) to Assist in the Investigation and Prosecution of Persons Responsible for the Most Serious Crimes under International Law Committed in the Syrian Arab Republic since March 2011.
The Permanent Mission of Hungary co-hosted the celebrations and Ambassador Bogyay delivered a statement on the occasion of the International Mother Language Day in the United Nations on 22 February 2017.
The Russian ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Ivanovich Churkin, died in New York on 20 February 2017. Following is the statement by Ambassador Bogyay on the occasion of his sudden death.
Member States have come together to kick off this years’ session of the Working Group on the Revitalization of the General Assembly. H.E. Mr. Peter Thomson President of the General Assembly, Ambassador Drobnjak of Croatia and the newly appointed Co-chair, Ambassador Nusseibeh of the United Arab Emirates opened the debate by stressing the need to consolidating but also to go beyond the significant achievements of the past resolutions.
The President of the General Assembly appointed H.E. Ms Katalin Bogyay, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Hungary and Mr Lukmon Isomatov, Head of Department of External Economic Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan, as Co-Moderators of the working-level dialogue to discuss improving the integration and coordination of the work of the UN on the water-related goals and targets under sustainable development pillars, with particular emphasis on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and a subsequent working level dialogue to take a stock of the discussions at the first dialogue and exchange views on the relevance of possible next steps.
Members of the Hungarian Parliament Mónika Bartos, Erzsébet Schmuck and Head of Hungarian Parliament’s IPU Secretariat Katalin Somfainé Ádám participated at the United Nations Inter-Parliamentary Union Hearing at the UN Headquarters, New York, on 14 February 2017.
The Second Commemoration of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, organized by the Royal Academy of Science International Trust and the Ministry of Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties of Malta, took place on 10 February at the United Nations Headquarters. H.E. Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations addressed the commemorative event.
On behalf of the Permanent Representatives of the Steering Committee of the Friends of Water group, Ambassador Katalin Bogyay hosted a successful working lunch at the Hungarian mission to the United Nations on 10 February. Nearly a hundred participants, including a significant number of Permanent Representatives gathered to discuss the latest developments in the international water arena and gave a fresh impetus to the implementation of water-related Sustainable Development Goals and targets of Agenda 2030. The co-moderator role of Tajikistan and Hungary conducting two informal working level dialogues on the topic in the General Assembly marks the start of a new chapter.
The first informal debate of this years’ round of the Intergovernmental Negotiations (IGN) on the question of equitable representation and increase in the membership of the Security Council took place today in the United Nations Trusteeship Council. As a long-time, supporter of the SC reform process H.E. Katalin Bogyay permanent representative of Hungary reiterated that there is a need for a strong and representative Council. Hungary remains convinced that a realistic reform, a win-win solution can be reached through open dialogue.
Dr Boglárka Illés, Deputy State Secretary for Youth Affairs and Equal Opportunities represented Hungary at the 2017 ECOSOC Youth Forum.
H.E. Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations and Members of the Hungarian Parliament participated at the United Nations Holocaust Memorial Ceremony, held on 27 January, on the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. UN leaders addressing the General Assembly underlined the importance of Holocaust education in fighting anti-Semitism, and promoting tolerance and mutual respect for all cultures and religions of the world.
The President of the General Assembly convened a high level dialogue on Building Sustainable Peace for All on 24th January in order to discuss synergies between the Agenda 2030 for sustainable development and sustaining peace. Hungary was represented at the event by Under-secretary of State for International Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr Ádám Zoltán Kovács, who talked about the importance of sustainable water resources management based on the outcome of the Budapest Water Summit.
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.