Joint Membership of Italy and the Netherlands in the UNSC: Lessons for Latvia

The United Nations Security Council, according to the international law, has a monopoly over the use of force and the supreme responsibility for maintaining peace. In 2017-2018 Italy and the Netherlands, initially competing for membership, opted for a rare precedent of joint membership. With the Italian membership coming to an end and the Dutch membership approaching, what are the lessons Europe, and Latvia in particular, can draw from this joint initiative? What is the current role and what are the main tasks of the UNSC from the European point of view? How much influence do the non-permanent members wield? Does the EU really speak in one voice on the Council? What were the lobbying initiatives behind pushing for the joint membership, and the negotiation process behind setting joint priorities? Can Latvia and other Baltic states use this approach in the future? What are the results of the Italian and the expectations form the Dutch membership?

We are honoured to invite to the public discussion:

"Joint Membership of Italy and the Netherlands in the United Nations Security Council: Lessons for Latvia"

26 October 2017 | EU House (fireplace hall) | 14.00-15.30

This project is organised in collaboration with the Embassy of the Netherlands to Latvian and the Embassy of Italy to Latvia.  

Published 17 October 2017