On 3 April 2019, a regular report from Latvia on the implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of 1966 (hereinafter referred to as the Covenant) was submitted to the United Nations (hereinafter referred to as the UN).
In accordance with Articles 16 and 17 of the Covenant, its Member States shall submit reports to the UN Secretary-General on the progress made in implementing the provisions of the Covenant. The consolidated second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth regular report of the Republic of Latvia on the implementation of the Covenant between 1 January 2008 and 31 December 2017 (hereinafter referred to as the Report) provides information on the implementation of social, economic and cultural rights in Latvia. It focuses on the importance of gender equality, prohibition of discrimination and integration of different socially weaker groups into society and labour market, national social benefits and national minimum social security guarantees, prevention of corruption and shadow economy, access to education and health care, safety at work and combating child employment, elimination of domestic violence, family protection, banning prostitution, as well as public access to culture.
The report was prepared by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in cooperation with the Ministry of Economics, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Education and Science, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Welfare, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Health. The Ombudsman also expressed his opinion in the course of drafting of the report, indicating that an alternative report on the implementation of the Covenant would be submitted. The report was examined and approved by the Cabinet of Ministers on 16 October. The report is available in Latvian and English on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In order to provide the UN with comprehensive information on the implementation of the Covenant in Latvia and to ensure the involvement of non-governmental organisations, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs invites non-governmental organisations to submit their views on the information contained in the report and the state of economic, social and cultural rights in Latvia directly to the UN Secretariat of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Detailed information in English on the involvement of non-governmental organisations in the implementation of the Covenant is available on the UN website.