On 24 September 2019, during the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, the Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, met with the President of the UNGA 74th session, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, to pledge Latvia’s support for a multilateralism-based model of international relations with the United Nations at its centre and Latvia’s active engagement on sustainable development, climate and digital issues being tackled by the UN.
Edgars Rinkēvičs described Latvia’s keen support for effective multilateralism with the United Nations at its core. We see, he said, the UN as a central forum for multilateral diplomacy where all countries – big and small – have one vote each and they all can work together on global problems, such as promoting development, eradication of poverty, taking action on climate change, and security. We support these topics being in the purview of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Edgars Rinkēvičs underlined.
The Ministers pledged Latvia’s contribution to development cooperation both at the national level and by taking part in the activities of the EU, the UN, and the World Bank.
Latvia fully supports the need for urgently stepping up the fight against climate change on a global scale, said the Minister, and he added that Latvia would actively engage in the EU framework so that the EU becomes the world’s first climate-neutral economy by 2050.
The Latvian Foreign Minister highlighted his country’s contribution to the UN digital agenda through the participation of the country’s representatives in discussions on a uniform, open, accessible, safe and secure internet, where human rights and freedoms are fully respected and all stakeholders – the government, civil society and private sectors – are involved.
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