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On 4 May 2024, a festive event dedicated to the 34th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration on the Restoration of Independence of Latvia took place in Berlin, the embassy of Latvia in Germany.

Addressing the guests, Ambassador Alda Vanaga underlined that Latvia had reached the stage of maturity when it could confidently make a contribution to the development of international security policy.

“The experience that Latvia acquired through the Nazi and Soviet occupation of over several decades is particularly useful in the difficult geopolitical circumstances of the current moment. Our knowledge of authoritarian and totalitarian regimes could be a valuable contribution to the strengthening of the international security system,” the Ambassador said.

The guests invited by the Embassy included diplomats from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany, officials representing other line ministries and local governments, the diplomatic corps accredited in Germany, members of the Latvian diaspora, and other cooperation partners of the Latvian Embassy.

A highlight of the festive event was Latvian music performed by a kokle orchestra of 30 musicians and the Latvian choir of Berlin.

The event to celebrate the 34th anniversary of the restoration of Latvia’s independence was organised jointly with the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Latvia and the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia was implemented as part of the public diplomacy programme in support of the lobby campaign of Latvia's candidacy for the United Nations Security Council.

The campaign under the motto of “Together for peace and resilience” aims at ensuring successful election of Latvia to the United Nations Security Council for the 2026–2027 term in the 2025 election, at which Latvia is running for an elected member’s seat for the first time. Membership of the UNSC will be a key instrument in pursuit and protection of Latvia’s foreign policy interests, as well as making it possible for Latvia to expand the scale of its international cooperation, thereby contributing to world peace and resilience.