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Latvian National Commission for UNESCO
General Information
English NameLatvian National Commission for UNESCO
French NameCommission nationale de Lettonie pour l'UNESCO

Pils laukums 4-206
LV-1050, Riga

Phone+371 67 32 51 09
Fax+371 67 22 27 62
E-mailoffice@unesco.lv; d.baltina@unesco.lv (SG)
National Commissions Web site on unesco.orghttp://www.unesco.lv
Correspondence LanguageENGLISH
Office Holders
NameMs Dace Melbārde*
StartedOctober 2013
Type of Appointment*ex officio
Government PostMinister of Culture

NameMr Vjačeslavs Dombrovskis
TitleVice President
StartedOctober 2013
Government PostMinister of Education

NameH.E.Mr. Edgars Rinkēvičs
TitleVice President
StartedOctober 2011
Government PostOther

NameMs. Dagnija Baltina
Election Date01/08/2008
Mandated duration
StartedAugust 2008
Government PostOther

Date and Method of CreationFebruary 1992
Legislation DatesThe judicial text was accepted24/11/1994 and last revised
LegislationThe SAEIMA (Parliament of the Republic of Latvia) approved the Constitution of the National Commission in May 1992. This Constitution came into force in 1994.
Documentation CentreThe Commission has a collection of publications issued by UNESCO and other National Commissions, as well as reports produced by International Organizations and Government Departments. The Commission receives some 300 visitors annually to consult these publications.
Structure of the CommissionThe National Commission consists of the following bodies:
- The General Assembly, which meets in Plenary at least twice a year;
- The Executive Committee, which meets when required;
- Three Programme Committees dealing with: (1) Education; (2) Science; and (3) Culture, working group for "Memory of the World" programme, UNESCO ASPnet Board;
- The Secretariat.
Members/CompositionThe National Commission is composed of 16 members representing various ministries and government departments, national institutions and associations involved in UNESCO's fields of competence, as well as the University of Latvia and the National Library.
Executive CommitteeThe Executive Committee meets from time to time.
General AssemblyThe General Assembly meets twice a year.
Committees or Sub-CommitteesEach of the Latvian National Commission's members is responsible for one of UNESCO's fields of activities. He/she can create advisory groups instead of sub-committees, according to need. The creation of sub-committees is however foreseen in the Constitution of the National Commission.
Interaction with UNESCO and National Commissions
OverviewThe National Commission closely collaborates with National Commissions from the Baltic States and maintains healthy relations with the UNESCO Field Offices in Moscow and Venice.
Annual Report of the Latvian National Commission for UNESCO
FinancingState budget
DistributionAmong the members of the National Commission and the Ministries concerned.