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Outlining the SCO's Future
Cover Stories Series 2012> Outlining the SCO's Future
UPDATED: June 11, 2012 NO. 24 JUNE 14, 2012
Eurasia Meets
SCO leaders gather in Beijing for the future development of this young but vigorous organization
By Ding Ying

Summit Agreements

- Member states stated their shared vision for establishing a just, democratic and multi-polar world architecture and developing state-to-state relations on that basis in the Declaration of the Heads of State of the SCO Member States on Building a Region of Lasting Peace and Common Prosperity

- The heads of state of SCO member states approved the Strategic Plan for the Medium-term Development of the SCO

- The heads of state approved the revised version of the SCO Regulations on Political and Diplomatic Measures and Mechanism of Response to Events Jeopardizing Regional Peace, Security and Stability and the Program of Cooperation in the Field of Combating Terrorism, Separatism and Extremism for 2013-15

- The heads of state instructed work in setting up the SCO Development Fund (Special Account) and the SCO Development Bank to be continued and completed as soon as possible

- The heads of state maintained that it is important to strengthen SCO cooperation in culture, science, technology, innovation, tourism and health and ensure sound sanitation and epidemic control in the SCO region

(Source: Press Communiqué of the Meeting of the Council of the Heads of the Member States of the SCO)

About the SCO

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is a permanent intergovernmental organization established on June 15, 2001 in Shanghai.

Founding members: Republic of Kazakhstan, the People's Republic of China, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Tajikistan and the Republic of Uzbekistan

Total area: more than 30 million square km, making up three fifths of the Eurasian continent

Population: 1.5 billion, accounting for a quarter of the world total

Observing members: India, Pakistan, Iran, Mongolia and Afghanistan

Dialogue partners: Sri Lanka, Belarus and Turkey

Main goal: moving toward the establishment of a new, democratic, just and rational political and economic international order

(Source: SCO website) 

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