‘Once we are in a crisis it is not enough to repeat what has already been done’

On 24 April we observe the International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace. The Foundation marks this occasion by asking Mr Csaba Kőrösi, President of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), seven questions in an interview with Edit Morin-Kovacs, Programme Manager for Multilateralism.

Mr Kőrösi shared his reflections on water, science, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the United Nations Security Council reform, the role of the UNGA, his personal experience from the Assembly and offered advice to future generations.

A career diplomat, Mr Csaba Kőrösi combined national duties with working at the international community level. Former positions include serving as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations and as Head of Mission to Greece and the United Arab Emirates. He is experienced in security policy, climate change, multilateral diplomacy and human rights cooperation issues. Before taking on his current role, Mr Kőrösi was co-chair of the intergovernmental process of the Open Working Group of the General Assembly on Sustainable Development Goals. This group brought the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals to the global development stage. In a career spanning nearly 30 years he held various high-level positions in Hungary and is a founding member of the Hungarian Scientific Panel on Climate Change.

Edit Morin-Kovacs pondered on her conversation with the UNGA president saying: ‘What’s in an interview, in an encounter of 45 minutes? Seven questions and seven answers, but beyond that, the portrait of an inspirational leader in times of crisis. Mr Csaba Kőrösi is engaged and collaborative, reflective and insightful, with his heart and mind focused on the task’.

‘We see the challenges, we have the tools, but we still have to make sure we also have the political will for the transformation’, he said in the interview closing remarks.

Read the full interview here