Latvia makes bid for seat on UN Security Council

10.08.2011. 13:05

On 9 August, the Cabinet of Ministers decided to submit Latvia’s bid for the United Nations Security Council elections on 2025 for the term of 2026-2027.

Under the Cabinet of Ministers decree, a working group will be set up to produce a planning document on Latvia's preparations for its possible membership in the UN Security Council. By 1 December 2012, the foreign minister is expected to submit the plan to the Cabinet of Ministers.

The Security Council has 15 (five permanent and ten elected) members from among 193 UN member states. Its powers, as outlined in the UN Charter, cover international security matters, for instance, UN peacekeeping operations, the establishment of international sanctions, the authorisation of military action, and others. Security Council’s resolutions are binding on UN members.

Latvia has never been a member of the UN Security Council. Following an established practice, candidates for the elections to the UN SC are nominated well in advance. In the group of Eastern European countries, which also includes Latvia, candidates have been nominated through to the elections of 2031.