President Levits to host debate on Latvia's interests in UN

  • 2020-07-23
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - Next Monday, President Egils Levits will host a debate at his residence in Jurmala on on Latvia’s contribution to the United Nations Organisation to mark the 75th anniversary of the organization, LETA was told at the president's office. 

In honor of the 75th anniversary of the UN, member states of the European Union are holding active discussions on multilateralism this year. This is especially important for Latvia as it has entered its candidacy for the post of a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council (SC) in the 2025 elections.

President Levits and Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics (New Unity) will deliver opening remarks at the event.

The study "Latvia's interests and opportunities as a non-permanent member of the UN SC" by Director of the Latvian Institute of International Affairs Karlis Bukovskis will be presented, followed by a discussion with representatives of NGOs – Director of Union LAPAS Inese Vaivare, Director of the Civic Alliance-Latvia Kristine Zonberga – and the Latvian youth delegates to the UN: Kristiana Plate, Natalija Knipse and Oto Davidovs.

After that, a workshop “On Latvia's contribution to the UN: towards candidacy in the 2025 SC election” will follow. 

The UN Security Council consists of five permanent members (USA, UK, France, Russia and China) and 10 non-permanent members elected by the UN General Assembly, based on a regional division. Latvia is a member in the Easter Europe group of countries, which is allocated one seat on the Security Council. Latvia has never been on the Security Council and will run for election to the position in the 2025 election.