Participation in sectoral international organisations

International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

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IRENA (International Renewable Energy Agency) was established in 2009. Its headquarters is situated in Abu Dabi, United Arab Emirates. The main objective of IRENA is to facilitate cooperation, advance knowledge, and promote the adoption and sustainable use of renewable energy.

 

On 26 January 2009, during the conference in Bonn, Latvia signed the IRENA statutes. On 18 February 2010, parliament of Latvia (the Saeima) adopted the Law on the Statute of the International Renewable Energy Agency (entered into force on 8 July 2010), which is the date when Latvia became a full member of IRENA.

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

UNWTO is the United Nations specialized agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. Latvia admitted to UNWTO on 20 October 2003 and became a full-fledged member on 1 January 2005. Since 2013 Latvia is no longer a member of the UNWTO.

 

Participation in UNWTO provided Latvia an opportunity to participate in international tourism events and projects focused mainly on tourism issues for developing countries. As interest regarding Latvia as a tourism destination increased and the benefits of participation in UNWTO were analysed according to the amount of the annual member's money, in 2012 a decision not to continue the participation was taken.

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)

European Committee for Standardization (CEN)

European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC)

Latvian national standardisation body – the Standardisation Bureau (LVS) of SIA Standartizācijas, akreditācijas un metroloģijas centrs (Standardisation, Accreditation and Metrology Centre) operates in the International Standardisation Organisation (ISO), International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) and European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardisation (CENELEC).
European Cooperation for Accreditation (EA) Latvian national accreditation body – the Latvian National Accreditation Bureau (LATAK) of SIA Standartizācijas, akreditācijas un metroloģijas centrs (Standardisation, Accreditation and Metrology Centre) is a full-fledged member of the European Cooperation for Accreditation (EA) and signed EA Multilateral Recognition Agreement in 2002.

European Association of National Metrology Institutes (EURAMET)

International Organisation of Legal Metrology (OIML)

European Cooperation in Legal Metrology (WELMEC)

Latvian national metrology body — the Metrology Bureau (LATMB) of SIA Standartizācijas, akreditācijas un metroloģijas centrs (Standardisation, Accreditation and Metrology Centre) represents Latvia in the European Association of National Metrology Institutes – EURAMET; International Organisation of Legal Metrology – OIML, and European Cooperation in Legal Metrology – WELMEC. LATMB has signed the Mutual Recognition Agreement with International Committee for Weights and Measures (CIPM).
Last update:    06-08-2020