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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.