From 23 to 28 September 2019, the Minister of Foreign Affairs will be in New York and take part in high-level events during the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
The Minister intends to take part in several important events convened by the UN, the European Union and individual UN member states.
On 24 September, the Foreign Minister will attend the main event of the High-Level Week of the UNGA 74th session – the General Debate, where the President of Latvia, Egils Levits, will be giving a speech.
On 25 September, the Latvian Foreign Minister will take part in an event convened by the Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom on media freedom in the 21st century.
On 26 September, the Foreign Minister will participate in the ministers’ meeting of the Group of Friends of Mediation to discuss the role of new technologies in matters related to peace and mediation. The Minister will also speak to participants at the meeting of the Brookings Foreign Policy Leadership Council on topics of current relevance for NATO and the EU.
A high-level meeting on small island developing states takes place on 27 September, aimed at assessing sustainable development priorities of small island developing states, especially in relation to climate change. The Minister will then attend a meeting of the EU Foreign Ministers and a meeting on the strengthening of the transatlantic link convened by the United States Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo.
Alongside the events of the working session, the Minister also plans to hold several bilateral meetings with officials from Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, India, Pakistan, and North Macedonia.
While in New York, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs will attend the unveiling of an exhibition by Latvian-American artist, Vija Celmiņa.
The 74th session of the UNGA will continue its work until mid-September 2020. The cross-cutting theme of the session is galvanizing of multilateral efforts by the states to jointly tackle global challenges.
In the General Debate, Member States will be encouraged to focus on five global themes: Peace and Security; Poverty Eradication; Quality Education; Climate Action; and Inclusion. The UNGA High-Level Week will also include the Climate Action Summit convened by the UN Secretary-General and the Sustainable Development Goals Summit (SDG Summit), at which Latvia will be represented by the President of Latvia, Egils Levits.
Find out more about the participation of Latvian officials and the proceedings of the UNGA in the social media at #LV2019UNGA.