On 6 December 2018, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted an official event devoted to Latvia’s Presidency of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) to mark the vicennial of the CBSS Children at Risk Group and the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the CBSS Secretariat. The occasion brought together the Ambassadors of the CBSS member and observer states accredited to Latvia, representatives from the CBSS Senior Officials Committee and the Secretariat, line ministry officials working on the implementation of the Presidency activities, and members of partner organisations.
The event was opened by the Chairman of the CBSS Senior Officials’ Committee, Ambassador Juris Bone. Remarks were delivered by the Under-Secretary for European Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Solveiga Silkalna, and the Director General of the CBSS Secretariat, Maira Mora.
Solveiga Silkalna noted in her remarks that the CBSS Presidency was providing Latvia with an excellent opportunity to be at the helm of coordination of inter-governmental cooperation in the Baltic Sea region, set directions for practical cooperation between the region’s countries, and promote the pursuit of shared interests and goals. She also thanked representatives from line ministries, partner organisations and the CBSS Secretariat for their close and constructive cooperation towards implementation of the agenda of the Latvian CBSS Presidency.
Maira Mora, for her part, drew attention to the long-standing experience of the CBSS Children at Risk Group in the implementation of measures to prevent the exploitation and trafficking of children. The working group of experts, established in Riga 20 years ago, has gained regional and global visibility due to providing significant contribution to the protection of children’s rights.
From 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019, Latvia is presiding over the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS). The CBSS is an intergovernmental cooperation format for the promotion of political dialogue and practical cooperation among member states seeking to strengthen the region’s sustainability, security and identity. The CBSS member states carry out joint projects of high importance for the region’s development: civil security and combating cross-border crime, the fight against human trafficking and organised crime, climate change mitigation and implementation of sustainable development goals, and strengthening youth cooperation.
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