Latvian National Commission
Reg. No. 90000089305
Pils laukums 4 – 206,
Rīga, LV 1050
Phone: +371 67 325 109
Fax: +371 67 222 762


Objectives in the field of natural sciences:

In the field of natural sciences, the overarching objective is mobilizing scientific knowledge and policy for sustainable development with the following three strategic programme objectives:

  • Leveraging scientific knowledge for the benefit of the environment and the management of natural resources;
  • Fostering policies and capacity-building in science, technology and innovation;
  • Contributing to disaster preparedness and mitigation.

Objectives in the field of Social and Human sciences:

  • Furthering research in the field of Social and Human Sciences;
  • Studying and analyzing current global ethical challenges.

The aim of UNESCO’s Medium-Term strategy (2008-2013) in the field of sciences is to mobilize political support for sustainable development and deal with new ethical challenges.

The main objectives (2009-2013) of the Latvian National Commission for UNESCO in the field of sciences:

  • Highlighting the role and importance of science for sustainable development;
  • Furthering a network for cooperation and a platform for interdisciplinary discussions in the framework of UNESCO’s Natural Science Programme in Latvia;
  • Furthering integration of the Latvian experience in UNESCO’s network of experts;
  • Promoting the teaching of natural sciences in Latvian schools;
  • Assessing sciences and research institutions in the context of sustainable development;
  • Supporting the formation of a resource and knowledge centre for innovative education;
  • Promoting the Latvian experience in the “Man and the Biosphere Programme”;
  • Strengthening an interdisciplinary approach to social and human sciencesParticipating in working out qualitative political documents under participation of scientists;
  • Furthering the distribution and popularisation of normative UNESCO documents and researches in Latvia;
  • Involving young scientists in UNESCO’s Social and Human Sciences programmes.