Russia is about to take over the SCO Presidency. More than ten years ago, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan decided to join forces to ensure peace, security and stability in Eurasia. Since then, we have witnessed the correctness of that decision on more than one occasion.
The SCO has a strong legal framework and an array of mechanisms for political, economic and humanitarian cooperation. The international reputation of the organisation is growing. And SCO member states are joined by observer states, such as Afghanistan, India, Iran, Mongolia, Pakistan, and dialogue partners, such as Belarus, Turkey, and Sri Lanka, who make a meaningful contribution to the organisation.
The rapidly changing international situation calls for a more effective SCO. The SCO Development Strategy towards 2025 is being developed to this end - a process that will be completed during the Russia's Presidency.