On 9-10 June 2018, Qingdao, PRC, hosted a meeting of the Council of Heads
of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (CHS SCO).

The meeting was attended by Prime Minister of the Republic of India Narendra
Modi, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of
the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping, President of the Kyrgyz Republic
Sooronbay Jeenbekov, President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Mamnoon
Hussain, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, President of the
Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon, and President of the Republic of
Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

The meeting was chaired by President of the People’s Republic of China Xi

The meeting was also attended by SCO Secretary-General Rashid Alimov and
Director of the Executive Committee of the Regional Antiterrorist Structure
(RATS) Yevgeny Sysoyev.

Taking part in the event were President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
Ashraf Ghani, President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko,
President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Hassan Rouhani, President of Mongolia
Khaltmaagiin Battulga, as well as Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations
Amina Mohammed, Secretary General of the Association of Southeast Asian
Nations Lim Jock Hoi, Executive Secretary of the Commonwealth of Independent
States Sergei Lebedev, Secretary-General of the Collective Security Treaty
Organisation Yuri Khachaturov, Executive Director of the Conference on
Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia Gong Jianwei, Chairman of
the Collegium of the Eurasian Economic Commission Tigran Sarkisyan, Vice
President of the World Bank Victoria Kwakwa, and IMF Department Director
Changyong Rhee.

The Heads of the Member States considered the implementation of the results
of the 2017 Astana Summit and priorities for further SCO development in the
context of current processes in world politics and economy. The parties’
coordinated positions have been reflected in the Qingdao Declaration that was
adopted at the meeting.

It was stated that the Member States were firmly committed to the goals and
principles of the SCO Charter and, guided by the Shanghai Spirit, were continuing
to address the tasks outlined in the SCO Development Strategy until 2025. It was
noted that the SCO had asserted itself as a unique, influential and authoritative
regional organization whose potential had grown remarkably following the
accession of India and Pakistan.

The intention was reaffirmed to continue strengthening practical interaction in
the political, security, trade and economic areas, including finance, investment,
transport, energy, agriculture, as well as cultural and humanitarian ties. A Plan of
Action for 2018-2022 to implement the Treaty on Long-Term Neighbourliness,
Friendship and Cooperation between SCO Member States was approved.

In the context of an exchange of views on current international and regional
problems, the need was stressed to build up joint security and stability efforts in the
SCO space and to facilitate the emergence of international relations of a new type
and a common vision of the idea of creating the Community of Shared Future for

The Member States consistently advocate the settlement of crises in
Afghanistan, Syria, the Middle East and the Korean Peninsula, as well as other
regional conflicts within the framework of generally accepted norms and principles
of international law. They noted the importance of the steady implementation of
the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian nuclear programme.
The Member States reaffirm their resolute support for UN efforts to ensure
international peace and security. They noted the need for reaching a consensus on
adopting the UN Comprehensive Convention against International Terrorism and
supported the Republic of Kazakhstan’s initiative at the UN to promote the Code
of Conduct to Achieve a World Free of Terrorism.

The heads of the Member States took note of the intention of the Kyrgyz
Republic and the Republic of Tajikistan to become non-permanent members of the
UN Security Council.

The SCO’s coordinated policy of waging an effective fight against challenges
and threats to security remains unchanged. Practical interaction in this area will be
facilitated by the adopted Programme of Cooperation between the SCO Member
States in Opposing Terrorism, Separatism and Extremism for 2019-2021. A special
role in implementation is assigned to the SCO RATS.

The participants praised the results of the International Conference on
Countering Terrorism and Preventing Violent Extremism (Dushanbe, 3-4 May
2018) that became an important venue for interaction between the parties on said

The Heads of the Member States are in favour of launching a comprehensive
effort to promote the spiritual and moral education of youth and prevent their
involvement in destructive activities. In this connection, they adopted the Joint
Appeal to Young People and the Programme of Action to implement the
provisions. They also supported the initiative of the Republic of Uzbekistan to
approve a special UN General Assembly resolution on Education and Religious

The Member States will further promote cooperation in the fight against illegal
drug trafficking based on the SCO Antidrug Strategy and the Programme of Action
to implement this strategy as well as the Concept to Prevent the Abuse of Narcotic
Drugs and Psychotropic Substances.

The SCO continues to contribute to broad-based and mutually beneficial
cooperation in the area of information security and to the development of universal
international rules, standards and principles for the responsible conduct of states in
the information space.

The SCO Member States reaffirmed their commitment to the central role of the
United Nations in implementing the Global Agenda for Sustainable Development.

They stressed the importance of improving global economic governance
architecture and of consistently strengthening and developing the multilateral trade
system with a nucleus in the World Trade Organisation in order to form an open
world economy.

The SCO is seeking to create favourable conditions for trade and investment
and to define joint approaches to simplifying trade procedures, incentivising etrade,
and developing the service industry and trade in services. Efforts will
continue to support micro-, small- and medium-size businesses and to promote
transport, energy and agricultural cooperation.

The participants supported the initiative to hold the first meeting of SCO
railway administration heads in Uzbekistan.

To draw more attention to environmental issues, the Member States adopted
the SCO Concept on Environmental Protection. They have also continued working
on the draft programme of cooperation between the SCO member states on food

Tajikistan’s initiatives on the International Decade of Water for Sustainable
Development 2018-2028 and the high-level international conference on this subject
(Dushanbe, June 20-22, 2018) were appreciated.
The Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Islamic Republic of
Pakistan, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Tajikistan and the Republic of
Uzbekistan reaffirmed their support for China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI),
and approved the efforts to jointly implement it, including the coordination of the
development of the Eurasian Economic Union and BRI.

The leaders of the Member States support using the potential of the regional
countries, international organisations and multilateral associations to form a broad,
open, mutually beneficial and equal partnership in the SCO space.

The newly-established SCO Regional Heads’ Forum will contribute to the
development of interregional cooperation. The plan is to hold the first meeting of
the Forum in 2018 in Chelyabinsk (Russian Federation).
Efforts will continue to achieve the full potential of the SCO Business Council
and the SCO Interbank Association.

The participants reaffirmed the position in favour of further strengthening of
practical cooperation in the banking and financial sectors and continuing to search
for common approaches to the establishment of the Development Bank of the SCO
and the SCO Development Fund (Special Account).

Reaffirming the special role of humanitarian cooperation in strengthening
mutual understanding, trust and friendship among peoples, the leaders of the
Member States spoke in favour of developing multifaceted cooperation in culture,
education, science and technology, healthcare, tourism and sport.
They underlined the commitment to enhance multidisciplinary cooperation
with observer states and partners in the SCO dialogue, as well as with international
and regional organisations.

The participants adopted the Joint Statement of the Heads of State on Trade
Facilitation and the Declaration of the Heads of State on the Joint Countering of
the Threat of Epidemics in the SCO Space. A joint action plan was signed for the
implementation of the SCO Cooperation Programme in tourism for 2019-2020, a
Memorandum of Understanding on promoting micro-, small- and medium-sized
business cooperation within the SCO, the Regulations for Information Interaction
for 24-hour contact points using the channels of the CENcomm RILO-Moscow
online platform, and the Memorandum on the exchange of information on
transboundary movements of ozone-depleting substances and hazardous waste.
The participants heard and approved a report by the SCO Secretary-General on
SCO activities over the past year, and a report by the Council of the Regional
Antiterrorist Structure on the activities of RATS in 2017.

The Council of Heads of the SCO Member States appointed Vladimir Norov
(Republic of Uzbekistan) as Secretary-General of the SCO and Dzhumakhon
Giyosov (Republic of Tajikistan) as Director of the Executive Committee of RATS
from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2021.

Since the summit in Astana (June 8-9, 2017), the following high-level events
have been held:
a meeting of the SCO Council of Heads of Government (Prime Ministers)
(Sochi, 30 November – 1 December 2017); a meeting of the SCO National
Security Council Secretaries (May 21-22 2018); an extraordinary and regular
meeting of the SCO Council of Foreign Ministers (New York, 20 September 2017;
Beijing, 24 April 2018); a meeting of the SCO Council of National Coordinators
(Yangzhou City, Moscow, Beijing, August 2017 - June 2018); meetings of the
Council of the Regional Antiterrorist Structure (Beijing, 17 September 2017;
Tashkent, 5 April 2018); a meeting of the Heads of Border Services of Competent
Authorities of SCO Member States (Dalian, 29 June 2017); a SCO meeting of
Heads of Emergency Prevention and Relief Agencies (Cholpon-Ata, 24-25 August
2017); a meeting of the Ministers of Justice of the SCO member states (Tashkent,
20 October 2017); a meeting of Chairpersons of the Supreme Courts of the SCO
Member States (Tashkent, 25-27 October 2017; Beijing, 25 May 2018); a meeting
of the Heads of SCO Member States Services in Charge of Ensuring Sanitary and
Epidemiological Wellbeing (Sochi, 31 October 2017); a meeting of the SCO
ministers responsible for foreign economic and foreign trade activities (Moscow,
15 November 2017); a meeting of the Prosecutor Generals of the SCO (St
Petersburg, 29 November 2017); a Conference of the Heads of Ministries and
Agencies of Science and Technology (Moscow, 18-21 April 2018); the SCO
Forum (Astana, 4-5 May 2018), a meeting of the heads of national tourist
administrations (Wuhan, 7-11 May 2018); a Defence Ministers’ Meeting (Beijing,
24 April 2018); a meeting of the Ministers of Culture (Sanya City, 15 May 2018);
a meeting of the Heads of the SCO Counternarcotics Agencies (17 May 2018); the
SCO Women’s Forum (Beijing, 15-17 May 2018); the SCO Media Forum (Beijing,
1 June 2018); a meeting of the Board of the SCO Business Council (Beijing, 6
June 2018); and a meeting of the Council of the SCO Interbank Association
(Beijing, 5-7 June 2018), as well as other events at various levels.

The leaders of the Member States praised the work done by the People’s
Republic of China during its Presidency of the SCO and expressed gratitude to
China for its hospitality and the quality of the organising of the summit in

The Kyrgyz Republic is taking over the Presidency of the organisation. The
next meeting of the Council of the SCO Heads of State will be held in the Kyrgyz
Republic in 2019.