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22. Dagnija Baltiņa, Secretary General, Latvian National Commission for UNESCO. Values of Latvia of the World Significance.

In 2011 Latvia is celebrating 20 years since joining the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Joining UNESCO soon after the reestablishment of the independent state of Latvia, has had a lasting impact on the development of fruitful international cooperation as well as national and local undertakings in Latvia within the sphere of culture and nature preservation, scientific research initiatives, sustainable and inclusive education programs and activities, as well as management of rapid changes in use of information technologies and advancement of Latvia’s information society. The largest benefit of joining UNESCO has been an enriching processes of strengthening the sense and deep appreciation of Latvian values, maintained by Latvian people and presented to the international community.

Values of Latvia of the world significance represent the diversity and wealth of the natural, cultural and social environment in Latvia which is essential in ensuring harmonious and peaceful development and quality of the life of society. These values form the basis which constantly reminds us of the humanistic rather than materialistic aspects of life of Latvian people concerned with freedom, creativity, and dignity.

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21. Diāna Čivle, Director of the Foundation „Riga 2014”. Riga – European Capital of Culture in 2014.


In May 2010, Riga was officially announced the European Capital of Culture in 2014. Since the EU enlargement this status is shared by two cities, each of a different country. Riga’s partner in 2014 will be Umea City of Sweden, and it means joint cultural projects in 2014. In Latvia, Riga’s official partner is Sigulda, and Riga is open for cooperation also with other cities and towns of Latvia. This important status means not only a rich event calendar throughout 2014 – it will be the greatest project in Latvia so far spreading its effects well beyond the sphere of culture. The Riga programme is intended as a culmination of long-term cultural projects started during the preparation phase before 2014.



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