“Many UN agencies are based in Budapest, with around 2,000 Hungarian enployees. Among them, the International Labor Organization stands out in the current situation, and its Director-General has noted with satisfaction that Hungary was able to protect jobs in Hungary during both of the recent crises, COVID and the war, by focusing our resources on preventing unemployment instead of tackling it,” Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, wrote in a post on Facebook.
Obviously, the importance of the Red Cross is completely unnecessary to emphasize now, as the crises in the world are forcing hundreds of thousands of people to leave their homes,”
he stressed. As he noted, “Hungary is committed to supporting people in difficult situations, which is why we support the work of the Red Cross, and it is no coincidence that the organization’s Budapest headquarters is being expanded.”
Earlier this year, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó announced that due to the Ukrainian war, the Red Cross set up its logistics center in Debrecen (eastern Hungary), knowing they could operate safely from our country.
The organization has a global service center in Budapest, where they have agreed to further expand, and will soon have 280 employees.
FactThe Hungarian Red Cross is a national humanitarian social organization operating in accordance with the principles and conditions of recognition of the International Red Cross. It promotes and organizes the work of the people and spreads health culture and improves health conditions, i.e. it promotes the involvement of the population in the solution of various tasks of healthcare. It also aims to ensure and develop international cooperation in the field of health.
Not only the Red Cross, but also the World Health Organization (WHO) is expanding its headquarters in the Hungarian capital. Szijjártó announced the news in March after a meeting with the organization’s Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “As there is no guarantee that we will not face similar challenges [e.g. COVID, war] again in the coming years, the good functioning of the WHO and our good cooperation with the WHO will be of great importance,” he stressed. Since April, 100 employees have been working at the Budapest center, up from 50. The Hungarian Minister also highlighted recently that the Director-General will soon visit Budapest to officially inaugurate the new, expanded headquarters.
Via Magyar Nemzet, Featured image via Facebook/Szijjártó Péter