As an active and responsible member of the United Nations, Latvia has contributed to key UN bodies such as the Human Rights Council, the Economic and Social Council and the Peacebuilding Commission. Latvia’s expertise is represented at the International Law Commission and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Latvia’s UN Youth Delegate Melisa Matvejeva
Latvia’s UN Youth Delegate Melisa Matvejeva at United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum, 2023. Latvian Foreign Ministry Archive.

Latvia ensures active participation of civil society and youth in decision-making processes at home and advocates for transparency and openness at the United Nations. Latvia has invested in establishment of the UN Youth Delegate Program.

Latvia has been a provider of development cooperation over the last 20 years. In its global action, Latvia has been focusing on good governance, democracy, respect for human rights, gender equality, and environmental sustainability.

In addition to its commitment to deliver on Sustainable Development Goals at home, Latvia has also engaged in global efforts fostering climate action, digital transformation and quality education.

Latvia has built expertise in using smart solutions in water, forest and agriculture management. It contributes its experience to working towards sustainable solutions for access to clean water and combatting marine pollution.

Gender equality and women’s empowerment has been a longstanding priority for Latvia in international organizations and development cooperation. We have shown our commitment to shaping and enforcing global standards and policies through our elected membership to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women and the Executive Board of UN WOMEN. As a country with a high percentage of women as IT professionals and scientists, we focus on digital empowerment for women globally.

Latvian peacekeepers at UNIFIL in 2023
Latvian peacekeepers at UNIFIL in 2023. Photo by Christian Donadeo (ITA), UNIFIL/ SHAMA/SW HQ PIO.

Latvia contributes to military and civilian missions around the world. Latvia has been part of MINUSMA, UNTSO, and UNIFIL. In recent years, Latvia has been increasingly engaged in UN peacebuilding efforts and strengthening of non-proliferation, arms control and export control regimes.

Over the years, Latvia has provided voluntary financial contributions to various UN agencies and funds, including UNDP, UN OCHA, UNHCR, OHCHR, PBF, UN WOMEN, UNICEF, UNESCO, UNRWA, OSRSG-SVC, SIDS4 High-Level Conference, and ICC Trust Fund for Victims. Latvia consistently ensures that its financial contributions to the UN regular and peacekeeping budgets are made in full and on time.

Latvia has demonstrated leadership and expertise in addressing the issue of misinformation and disinformation at the UN thus building societal resilience. Latvia initiated a first-ever cross-regional statement on infodemia in the context of COVID-19, followed by the unanimous adoption of the first UN resolution on a global information and media literacy week.