RIGA - Latvia has been elected to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UN CSW) for the 2021-2025 period, LETA learned from the Foreign Ministry.
According to the ministry, on September 14 in New York, ten of 45 UN CSW member states were re-elected. Alongside Latvia, the other countries to be elected were Afghanistan, Argentina, Austria, the Dominican Republic, India, Israel, Nigeria, Turkey, and Zambia.
The UN CSW was established in 1946 and it is a functional commission of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The UN CSW is the principal global intergovernmental body dedicated to the identification and understanding of various aspects of women's lives across the globe and creating global standards for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women, said the Foreign Ministry.
The UN CSW gathers in New York for annual two-week meetings with participation of UN member states, civil society organizations and representatives from UN bodies. At the commission's sessions, the participants discuss progress achieved in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which is the principal political document for women’s equality at the international level. The Commission discusses current developments concerning gender equality and women's empowerment, as well as producing thematic resolutions and general conclusions.
According to the Foreign Ministry, an increasingly broader representation of Latvia in the bodies of international organizations advances Latvia's foreign policy interests and raises its profile internationally.
On January 1, 2020 Latvia began a three-year term on the UN Economic and Social Council. Latvia has also been elected to an ECOSOC subsidiary body, the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development.