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Speech by Katalin Novák at the 77th UN General Assembly - New York

“It has perhaps always been the case that the waging of peace is the hardest form of leadership of all. I know of no single formula for success, but over the years I have observed that some attributes of leadership are universal, and are often about finding ways of encouraging people to combine their efforts, their talents, their insights, their enthusiasm and their inspiration, to work together.”

A quote from the speech of Her Majesty, the late Elizabeth II from 2010, delivered here, at the United Nations General Assembly.

Final farewell to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II

The world is mourning a leader who dedicated her whole life to the service of her nation.

We have lost a leader for whom her Christian faith was a day-to-day reality.

A leader who could remain calm, measured, wise and dignified in the most difficult situations.

Someone who knew what a treasure peace is.

We Hungarians are grateful to her also because she understood us and accepted and respected the different historical, geographical and cultural characteristics of nations.

We strive to remain worthy of her legacy.

God rest her soul!

Mediation and peacekeeping in the Western Balkans - Katalin Novák in Kosovo - Pristina - Novo Selo

The President of Hungary travelled to Kosovo primarily to visit Hungarian soldiers serving in the KFOR mission. Before that, however, she also met with President of Kosovo Vjosa Osmani in Pristina.

At the joint press conference following their talks, Katalin Novák said that "Hungary plays a mediating role between the Western Balkans and the European Union." President Novák stressed that peace and security in the Western Balkans are necessary for peace and stability in Europe, and that KFOR is contributing to this.

Open Days at the Sándor Palace - 17-18 September 2022 

During the programme series titled „Cultural Heritage Days” the gates of Sándor Palace will open to the public again.

Open days: 
- 17 September 2022 (Saturday): between 13.00-18.00 
- 18 September 2022 (Sunday): between 10.00-18.00

Official, friendly visit to Serbia - Belgrade

In Belgrade, President of Hungary Katalin Novák was received by President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucity at the Serbia Palace, where they had a one-on-one meeting. Afterwards, the members of the Serbian and Hungarian delegations attended a plenary session, followed by a joint press conference by the two heads of state.

Katalin Novák on official visit to Bucharest

The President of Hungary was received with military honours at the Cotroceni Palace in Bucharest, which houses the Office of the President of Romania. The last official presidential-level meeting in the Romanian capital was held twelve years ago, in 2010. The Hungarian head of state was invited on an official visit by President of Romania Klaus Iohannis.

Speech by Katalin Novák at the Opening of Gemma Centre - Szeged, 31 August 2022 

A baby girl was born 23 years ago. Her parents had been looking forward to her arrival and were very happy to have her next to her brother in the family. As they cared for her and watched how she was developing, they noticed that she wasn't lifting her head as she should, she wasn't turning, she wasn't developing as it was described in books about babies.

Katalin Novák at the Opening Ceremony of the Academic Year at Corvinus University - Budapest, 28 August 2022 

"We need young people with broad knowledge and critical thinking", said President of Hungary Katalin Novák in her opening address to the students of Corvinus University of Budapest in Várkert Bazár.

The head of state stressed that she would like universities in Hungary to consider as their main goal - in addition to the transfer of competitive knowledge - to teach and encourage critical thinking. "Become someone worth learning from, and also someone it was worth for us to learn and work for", Katalin Novák asked the students. 

Private audience with Pope Francis - Vatican, 25 August 2022

Pope Francis received President of Hungary Katalin Novák in a private audience at the Vatican. The almost three-quarter hour meeting between the Hungarian Head of State and the Head of the Catholic Church focused on three main topics: the Pope's visit to Hungary next year, the war in Ukraine and support for families. 

„Culture brings meaning to everyday life” – President Katalin Novák at the opening ceremony of Csokonai Forum in Debrecen

The new theatre complex, named Csokonai Forum, was inaugurated on 23 August 2022 with the play „Für Elise” by the Debrecen-born writer Magda Szabó. The opening ceremony was attended by the President of Hungary Katalin Novák.

In her speech, the Head of State stressed that we are fortunate to live in a country where attention is paid and resources are made available to develop culture, where there is the will not only to preserve but also to enrich what is ours.