Latvia has always supported effective, transparent and accountable international organizations in order to promote multilateral solutions to common problems. Membership in international organizations is also a tool for strengthening independence, security and sustainable development of Latvia.
Participation and advocacy of Latvia’s national interests in the international organizations is ensured by diplomatic missions of Latvia: Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, Geneva and Vienna, to the Food and Agriculture Organization, to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and to the Council of Europe.
Latvia became a member of the UN on 17 September 1991. The UN was founded in 1945 to maintain international peace and security, to develop friendly relations among nations, to achieve international cooperation in solving international problems and to be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations. Currently the UN comprises 193 Member States. More
Latvia and Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
Latvia joined the Council of Europe on February 10, 1995. The Council of Europe, established in 1949, is the oldest political organisation in Europe and now has 47 member states, comprising almost the entire European continent. The aim of the Council of Europe is to establish a common area of respect for and protection of human rights, democracy and the rule of law.
The International Organisation of La Francophonie (IOF) represents 80 member states and governments which use the French language on a daily basis or want to strengthen its presence and which have committed to cooperate with the aim of promoting democracy and humanist values across the globe. The IOF currently includes 54 members, 3 associate members and 23 observers. Latvia joined the IOF as an observer on 19 October 2008.
The WTO is an international organization and a forum of multilateral negotiations of its Members on global trade liberalization rules, their administration and application. Mainly, the WTO system is understood as the set of external trade rules or "traffic rules" in external trade, which all Members must follow. More.
Latvia has its security policy roots in the membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), the member states of which share common values and the awareness that security co-operation is the most effective way of promoting security in their own countries and in the Euro-Atlantic area as a whole. Jointly with other Allies, Latvia takes part in NATO-led international operations. More.
The Freedom Online Coalition (hereinafter – the Coalition) is a partnership of governments committed to work together to support Internet freedom and protect fundamental human rights – freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, and rights to privacy in virtual environment. The Coalition was established in 2011 at the inaugural conference in the Netherlands, and Latvia joined it on 7 December 2012.
The Equal Futures Partnership initiative was launched by the United States along with 12 other founding members during the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly in 2012. Latvia joined the initiative in 2013. The partnership aims to ensure that women fully participate in public life, and that they benefit from inclusive economic growth.
The IHRA (formerly the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research, or ITF) was initiated by former Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson in May 1998. In 2012, the new name - International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) - was adopted. In 2004, Latvia became a member of the IHRA. The members of the delegation is composed of representatives from various ministries andinstitutions. More...