On 15 June, Latvia was elected for the first time to the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (the Committee).
The Committee is composed of representatives of 24 States Parties to the 2005 Convention and its members are elected for the period of 4 years. Respectively, Latvia will undertake its obligations as a Committee member from 2017 till 2021.
The Committee aims at raising awareness among international community of the value of diverse cultural goods and services, promoting cooperation with developing countries and ensuring the protection of the diversity of cultural expressions. Its main obligations include:
a) to promote the objectives of this Convention and to encourage and monitor the implementation thereof;
b) to prepare the operational guidelines for the implementation and application of the provisions of the Convention;
c) to transmit to the Conference of Parties reports from Parties to the Convention, together with its comments and a summary of their contents;
d) to make appropriate recommendations to be taken in situations brought to its attention by Parties to the Convention;
e) to establish procedures and other mechanisms for consultation aimed at promoting the objectives and principles of this Convention in other international forums.
The representative of Latvia in the Committee will be Ms. Rūta Muktupāvela, Rector of the Academy of Culture.
 The UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions was adopted by the UNESCO General Conference on 20 October 2005. It compliments the previously established provisions of UNESCO including the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity of 2001. The 2005 Convention has 145 parties, which includes 144 states and the European Union.