The Latvian Museum Association (LMA) is a non-government organisation uniting 119 state, municipal, private and autonomous museums on a voluntary basis, for the implementation of common objectives and the protection of mutual interests. The LMA’s objectives are to become an important platform for information, professional development and inspiration, to strengthen and unify Latvia’s museum sector, increase its self-assurance and capacity to act, improve the image of Latvia’s museums in the wider community and internationally, and represent museum interests at the national level. The LMA has been steadfastly working on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals for more than a year – in the day-to-day operations of museums, in work with collections, visitors, research, etc., presenting a number of educational events explaining the implementation of the SDGs in Latvian museums.
The Library Association of Latvia (LAL) was founded in 1923 and is an independent, voluntary professional organisation uniting all types of library and librarian. The LAL’s objectives are to unite the Latvian library community, to stimulate professional development, promote the development of the library sector nationally, raise the prestige and growth of librarianship and advocate for the rights and interests of libraries and librarians. We are the largest professional NGO in Latvia’s library sector and represent the interests of Latvian librarians both nationally, and internationally. The LAL has been working on SDG issues since 2017 – in close partnership with the National Library of Latvia, the UNESCO Latvian National Commission and other partners. Numerous educational events have been organised and helpful materials translated with the aim of increasing Latvian librarians’ comprehension of and activities in SDG matters.
The National Library of Latvia (NLL) is a state cultural institution of national importance, under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture. The core functions of the NLL are the collection of national literature, its perpetual storage and the long-term provision of access to it. The NLL is a centre of theoretical research into and practical analyses of the activities of Latvian libraries.
Since 2017, the NLL’s Library Development Centre has devoted part of its efforts to the promotion of SDGs in Latvian libraries. Together with the Library Association of Latvia and other partners, a number of activities have been implemented that have raised the awareness of SDGs among Latvia’s librarians, and increased their capabilities to link library activities with sustainable development.
UNESCO, as a specialized agency of the United Nations, actively contributes to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development drawing on its humanist mandate, and mobilizing all of its partners and stakeholders in the fields of education, science, culture, communication and information.
The Latvian National Commission for UNESCO, in cooperation with governmental and non-governmental organizations, ensures the implementation and coordination of UNESCO programmes in Latvia. It promotes the adoption and implementation of UNESCO standards and ideas in Latvia, as well as representing and defending Latvia’s interests and sharing Latvia’s expertise internationally.