INFORMATION REPORT on the Meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Member States
On 10 November 2020, the SCO Council of Heads of State (CHS) held a meeting via videoconference. The meeting was attended by Prime Minister of the Republic of India Narendra Modi, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping, Acting President and Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic Sadyr Japarov, Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Imran Khan, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, as well as SCO Secretary-General Vladimir Norov and Director of the Executive Committee of the SCO Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure Jumakhon Giyosov.
Others taking part in the summit were heads of SCO observer states: President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani, Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus Roman Golovchenko, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Hassan Rouhani, and President of Mongolia Khaltmaagiin Battulga. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres delivered a welcome address via video.
The SCO CHS was chaired by President of Russia Vladimir Putin.
The leaders considered the SCO's activities and priorities in the light of the dominant processes in world politics and the economy. It was unanimously stressed that in a situation where international relations were involved in a profound transformation the SCO continued to assert itself as an important pillar of the emerging representative and just international order based on supremacy of international law, equal and indivisible security, and respect for civilisational diversity and sovereignty.
Noting the historic importance of the Victory of peace-loving states and peoples over Nazism, fascism and militarism and the creation of the United Nations Organisation in 1945, the SCO member states reaffirmed their invariable support for the strengthening of the coordinating role of the UN and its Security Council as the key factor in maintaining mankind's peaceful, stable and progressive development.
The SCO member states intend to continue promoting practical collaboration in fields such as politics, security, trade and the economy, and cultural and humanitarian ties in the interests of overcoming the global and regional consequences of the novel coronavirus infection, COVID-19, and ensuring reliable security, prosperity and sustained economic growth for the SCO member states.
The coordinated positions of the SCO member states have been reflected in the documents approved following the CHS, namely the Moscow Declaration and statements in connection with the 75th anniversary of Victory in WWII, on counteracting the dissemination of the terrorist, separatist and extremist ideology, including in the internet, on cooperation in ensuring international information
security, on counteracting the drug threat, on joint counteraction to the novel coronavirus infection, and on cooperation in the sphere of digital economy.
The meeting approved the Plan of Action for 2021-2025 to implement the SCO Development Strategy until 2025, the SCO Concept of Cooperation in Developing Remote and Rural Territories in the Digital Era, the Comprehensive Plan for the SCO Member States' Joint Measures to Counteract Epidemic Threats in the Region. The participants also approved the reports by the SCO Secretary-General and the Director of the RATS Executive Committee on their performance in 2019. They also supported the Kyrgyz Republic's intention to establish and ensure the functioning of an SCO Cultural and Integration Centre in Bishkek.
Those at the meeting praised the Russian Federation's SCO chairmanship, which imparted new dynamism and quality to the SCO's development.
The Republic of Tajikistan has taken over the SCO Chairmanship.