Highlights from the Summit : Qingdao Declaration
- The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) has resolved to fight terrorism, separatism and extremism with a renewed vigour in the next three years, and called for a unified global counter-terrorism front under the coordination of the UN.
- The members pledged to fulfill the requirements of the specialised UN Security Council resolutions to counter any form of financing of terrorism and providing material and technical support to it.
- Members acknowledged the growing threat from foreign terrorists who return from West Asia to their countries or find shelter in thrid countries to continue extremist activity
- Call to youth not to get influenced by extremist ideologies
About Shanghai Cooperation Organisation :
- It is a Eurasian political, economic and military organisation which was founded in 2001 in Shanghai.
- Preceded by the Shanghai Five which was founded in 1996
Founding countries :
- China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan
- China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India and Pakistan
- India and Pakistan were admitted into SCO as full members at the Astana Summit in 2017
Official languages of SCO:
- Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran and Mongolia
Structure of the organisation:
The Council of Heads of State is the top decision-making body in the SCO. This council meets at the SCO summits, which are held each year in one of the member states' capital cities.
The Council of Heads of Government is the second-highest council in the organisation. This council also holds annual summits, at which time members discuss issues of multilateral cooperation. The council also approves the organisation's budget.
The Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS), headquartered in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, is a permanent organ of the SCO which serves to promote cooperation of member states against the terrorism, extremism and separatism.