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.
The high level dialogue was the first event in the General Assembly in 2017, where the new Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres was present and gave his introductory remarks. Mr Kovács shared the conclusions of the Budapest Water Summit from November 2016, stressing the importance of sustainable water resources management as a contribution to peace and long term development. With regard to inter-linkages with human rights, he touched upon Hungary’s membership in the UN Human Rights Council, where the country’s aim is to enhance the role of preventive diplomacy.
Upon request from the organizers, Mr Kovács delivered a keynote speech at the panel dealing with natural resources. On behalf of Hungary as co-moderator of the informal consultation process with Tajikistan under the auspices of the General Assembly’s President on improving the integration and coordination of the work of the UN on water-related goals and targets of the Agenda 2030, he expressed hope to take forward the discussions by bridging the expert knowledge and preparing the ground for decisive action on water governance issues.
The dialogue revealed convergence of views by the participants that there can be no durable peace without security, which is both a prerequisite and a result of sustainable development.