On 27 September 2019, in New York City, at the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, the Foreign Minister of Latvia, Edgars Rinkēvičs, took part in a meeting that gave global attention to the existential threats posed by climate change to small islands in the Pacific Ocean.
Edgars Rinkēvičs expressed Latvia’s support for small island developing states in their efforts to fight climate change and mitigate the devastating effects of natural disasters. The Latvian Foreign Minister expressed his conviction that multilateralism and multilateral action with the United Nations at is core, is the most effective way to address current global challenges.
The Minister said: “In order to achieve sustainable results, national ownership is of a high importance. Sufficient financing for development, broader involvement of civil society organizations and private sector, and closer partnerships among international donors, are vital for reaching the SDGs (UN sustainable development goals) in a timely and efficient way.”
According to UN criteria, Latvia can also be classified as a small country, he noted, and yet Latvia has been a donor country for nearly 15 years as well. The objective of Latvia’s development cooperation policy, based on our own firsthand experience after regaining independence in 1991, is to contribute to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda in developing countries. And in line with this objective, we are open to explore cooperation with small island developing states in those areas where Latvia has experience and knowledge, the Latvian Foreign Minister asserted.
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