According to the ministry, a total of ten of the 45 member states of the UN Commission on the Status of Women were re-elected in New York on September 14. Along with Latvia, Afghanistan, Argentina, Austria, the Dominican Republic, India, Israel, Nigeria, Turkey and Zambia were also elected.
The UN Commission on the Status of Women was founded in 1946 and is a functional commission of the UN Economic and Social Council. It is a key intergovernmental body that aims to identify different aspects of women’s realities around the world and to set global standards for gender equality and the promotion of women’s rights, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs explained.
The Commission’s work is organized in an annual two-week meeting in New York, attended by UN member states, civil society organizations and representatives of UN bodies. During the sessions of the Commission, the participants discuss the progress made in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which is the most important international policy document on gender equality. The Commission discusses current issues of gender equality and the empowerment of women, as well as thematic resolutions and comprehensive conclusions.
The Ministry noted that the increasing representation of Latvia in the structures of international organizations promotes the implementation of Latvia’s foreign policy interests and promotes Latvia’s international recognition.
On January 1, 2020, Latvia began a three-year term in the UN Economic and Social Council. Latvia has also been elected to a sub-structure of the UN Economic and Social Council – the UN Commission on Science and Technology Development, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs emphasized.