Latvia at the United Nations

The UN was founded in 1945 to maintain international peace and security, to develop friendly relations among nations, to achieve international cooperation in solving international problems and to be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations. Currently the UN comprises 193 Member States.

Latvia became a member of the UN on 17 September 1991. Participation and advocacy of Latvia’s national interests in the UN and its system organizations is ensured by diplomatic missions of Latvia – Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, Geneva and Vienna, to the Food and Agriculture Organization, to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

For the third time Latvia is the member for the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for the term of 2020-2022. Since 2007 Latvia has been elected to the ECOSOC body - UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD). Latvia is also a member of another ECOSOC body - Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) for 2021-2025, and most recently elected to the Executive Board of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UN-Women) for 2023-2025.

In 2022 Latvia is member of the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC).

The first Latvian and Baltic representative Dr. Mārtiņš Paparinskis will be International Law Commission (ILC) expert for 2023 – 2027.