Latvia contributes to stability and security by participating in international operations, strengthening its military and civilian crisis management capabilities, increasing funding for defence, providing assistance to other countries where necessary and co-operating with other partners bilaterally and multilaterally.
Extending its support to international peace-keeping efforts, in 2016 Latvia launched its participation in the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping operation. In January 2016, the Parliament of the Republic of Latvia supported the decision to join the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). This is the first UN peacekeeping mission in which Latvia participates. Latvia has also provided its support for UN peace-keeping efforts through voluntary financial contributions to UN peacekeeping operations. Voluntary contributions from UN member states are an essential element for providing sufficient resources for the effective execution of UN peacekeeping activities.
Latvia also participates in EU civilian missions and military operations, in NATO-led military operations, as well as in the missions of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).