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.

The Security Council, under the Presidency of Spain, held on 15 December an open debate (chaired by H.E. Mr. Alfonso Dastis, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain) on non-proliferation under the title: “Preventing catastrophe: A global agenda for stopping the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction by non-State actors”. Before the open debate, he Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2325, which among other measures, enhanced the implementation of UNSCR 1540, the main international instrument to prevent the risk of possession and the use of weapons of mass destruction by terrorists. The new resolution also strengthened the assistance for states that request such help in fighting these threats.  Hungary co-sponsored the resolution.

During the debate, Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations, highlighted that the threat of non-State actors, terrorists, using weapons of mass destructions (WMDs) is one of the biggest threat the international community has to face. Non-State actors have already demonstrated some capability in acquiring and using WMD. The chemical weapons employed by ISIL/Daesh in Syria and Iraq underscore the need for further engagement by the international community. With technology advancing at a rapid pace (opening up new possibilities) the international community has an obligation to monitor non-State actors engaging in proliferation activities and it should also place an emphasis on sharing relevant information on such organizations. Special attention should be paid to Unstable and Failed States Ambassador Bogyay welcomed that the comprehensive review of Resolution 1540 put great emphasis on assistance and regional and international cooperation. The Hungarian Representative reaffirmed that within its means and capabilities Hungary provides active assistance to the partner countries in the framework of the European Union or on a bilateral basis.