UNESCO in Latvia
Latvia has been a member state of UNESCO since October 14, 1991, when the official addition ceremony took place at UNESCO headquarters in Paris.
According to the UNESCO constitution the Latvian National Commission for UNESCO has been established after a decision of the Supreme Council of the Republic of Latvia in 1992.
UNESCO is the only UN Agency to have a global network of national cooperating bodies known as National Commissions for UNESCO. National Commissions are set up by their respective governments for the purpose of associating their governmental and non-governmental bodies in education, sciences, culture and communication with the work of the Organization.
A revived Law on the Latvian National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation has become effective in 2010. This Law prescribes the legal status, organisational structure, functions and procedures for financing of the Latvian National Commission for UNESCO. The Commission is a derived legal person of public rights under the supervision of the Cabinet.The decision-taking authority of the Commission is the Assembly and the administrative work of the Commission is coordinated by the Secretary-General.
The functions of the Latvian National Commission for UNESCO are to strengthen sustainable development in the field of education, science, culture, communication and information, contribute to the implementation of democratic values and to the eradication of poverty.
The Latvian National Commission for UNESO represents State interests at UNESCO and the inter-governmental and international organisations associated with it and co-operates with other responsible State authorities. Additionally the Latvian National Commission for UNESCO formulates and approves action plans for implementing UNESCO programmes in Latvia.
UNESCO’s main activities in Latvia: protecting cultural, natural, intangible and documentary heritage; develop an innovative network for cooperation, ensure qualitative access to education and respect inclusive and sustainable values in education.