Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO)
Comment by the Information and Press Department on the upcoming Meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of SCO Member States
On September 9-10, 2020, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will chair the Meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of SCO Member States in Moscow.
The spread of the novel coronavirus infection has objectively hampered the practical work within the SCO framework, which led to the adjustment of the plan of events to be held during Russia’s SCO Chairmanship in 2019-2020. Many events had to be held online.
We appreciate the SCO member states’ support for our proposal to meet in Moscow despite the complicated sanitary and epidemiological situation across the world.
As per tradition, the ministerial meeting is a key stage in the preparation of an SCO Council of Heads of State meeting. A great number of documents and decisions aimed at further strengthening the SCO are being prepared for the upcoming summit, which will be the pivotal event of Russia’s SCO Chairmanship.
The final political declaration will include our joint approaches to the Organisation’s current objectives and the current issues on the international and regional agendas.
The main goals of our efforts in the fields of politics, security, the economy and humanitarian ties in 2021-2025 have been set forth in the Action Plan for the Implementation of the SCO Development Strategy Until 2025.
One of the important documents to be adopted is the Statement on the 75th Anniversary of Victory in World War II, which is aimed at reaffirming the spiritual unity of the SCO member states and their commitment to preserving the historical memory of our nations’ heroism.
The SCO countries’ common views on security challenges and threats will be presented in the statements on combating drug trafficking, the proliferation of terrorist and extremist ideologies, including online, and on cooperation in protecting international information security.
The SCO agenda always includes issues related to preventing the arms race in outer space and ensuring biological security.
The ministers will also discuss global and regional developments in the context of the political and socioeconomic consequences of the novel coronavirus pandemic. In light of the 75th anniversary of the UN, the discussion will focus on the development potential of the current system of international relations, including the need to preserve the central role of the UN as the main coordinating body in international politics.
The SCO has been consistently advocating a political settlement in Syria and Afghanistan and strict compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear programme.
The growing international role of the SCO is directly connected with the active involvement of the observer countries, dialogue partners and other interested states in its activities, as well as with its closer interaction with multilateral organisations and associations. The preparation of the upcoming SCO Council of Heads of State meeting includes the drafting of memorandums on the development of ties with the Eurasian Economic Commission, the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the World Health Organisation (WHO), the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
The agenda of the SCO Council of Heads of State meeting includes the adoption of several economic documents, such as the Concept of Cooperation of the SCO Member States on Development of Remote and Rural Areas in the Digital Age and the Database of Best Solutions for the Development of Remote Areas (Action Plan), as well as a roadmap for the gradual transition to mutual settlements in national currencies. The ministers will discuss the progress of work on these documents.
The main results of the Meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of SCO Member States will be presented in a press release.