Latvia’s unwavering commitment to upholding the principles and objectives of the UN Charter and devotion to multilateralism are driving our bid for a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council for the term of 2026–2027 at the 2025 elections. Latvia stands for independence and territorial integrity of all UN member states.

A development cooperation project for women entrepreneurs in Namibia
A development cooperation project for women entrepreneurs in Namibia, organised by the Latvian diaspora organization #esiLV in cooperation with Riga Business School, 2022. Latvian Foreign Ministry Archive.
Secretary-General Kofi Annan meets Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, President of the Republic of Latvia
Secretary-General Kofi Annan (1997- 2006) (right) meets Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, President of the Republic of Latvia (1999- 2007), Baltic States’ candidate for post of UN Secretary-General in 2006 election. UN Headquarters in New York, 8 Mar. 2006. Photo by Mark Garten, UN Photo.

Our world is facing multiple and overlapping challenges beyond national borders. Latvia believes in the importance of working together with UN Member States, regional organizations and civil society to build resilience, to forge lasting peace and security, achieve sustainable development and leave no one behind.

Latvia believes that conflict prevention, protection of civilians in armed conflicts and a peaceful resolution of disputes must remain a top priority for the UN, including through mediation and peacekeeping.

Latvia advocates for more accountability, coherence and transparency of the UN Security Council. Latvia supports the work towards the UN Security Council reforms to increase its effectiveness in tackling global challenges.

Latvia defends the international legal order. Latvia is a firm supporter of accountability for violations of international law and fight against impunity as a precondition to just and sustainable peace.

Latvia recognizes the urgency of responsible action to achieve Sustainable Development Goals. Improving long-term resilience is paramount as we confront the escalating climate crisis and rising sea levels.

Latvia will engage with the multilateral system to ensure solidarity and collective effort in support of vulnerable groups of society and developing countries affected by political and social tensions, poverty, environmental and water-related challenges.

A long-standing advocate for gender equality, education and empowerment of women, Latvia recognizes the crucial role of the Women, Peace and Security agenda for global peace and sustainable development. Latvia will continue to stand up for the protection of women’s rights, including in the context of assistance to victims of sexual violence in armed conflicts.

Riga Support Center for Ukrainian Refugees
Riga Support Center for Ukrainian Refugees, 21 Mar. 2022. Photo: Riga City Council.

Digital solutions make governance more efficient and accessible, including e-governance and capacity building in public administration. Technologies and innovative digital tools have a transformative effect on fighting climate change and natural resources management. Latvia believes that bridging the digital divides between countries, urban and rural areas, across gender and age is key to resilience and opportunities for all.

While technological development brings opportunities and connects, it also exposes vulnerabilities and emerging threats to peace and security, such as information manipulation, spread of disinformation and cyber threats. Digital skills, information and media literacy provide the first line of defense. Latvia will continue its active engagement on security issues in the digital and information space, including artificial intelligence.