Young people from SCO member states hail closer exchanges for better regional prosperity and fight against terrorism

The opening ceremony of the SCO Youth Technology and Innovation Forum Photo: Courtesy of the forum

Officials and representatives of member and observer states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) pledged to further strengthen international cooperation and exchanges to commit to the “Shanghai spirit” and fight against terrorism, extremism and separatism Thursday at the opening ceremony of the three-day SCO Youth Forum on Technology and Innovation was launched both online and offline in Shenzhen.

The forum was proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping in his remarks at the 21st meeting of the SCO Council of Heads of State in September last year to further unleash the creativity of young people across countries. ‘SCO.

In addition to officials from SCO member countries and observer states, foreign diplomats in China, young scientists and entrepreneurs, and representatives of youth organizations attending the forum all acknowledged China’s efforts to boost interactions and mutual learning among young people from SCO Member States in areas such as science and technology, education, culture, health and poverty alleviation

Youth cooperation is an important priority in the SCO cooperation program. About 800 million young people in SCO member states are the future hope of the organization and the torchbearers of the SCO’s future development, said Zhang Ming, secretary general of the SCO, at the ceremony. , in a video speech.

The SCO should strengthen cooperation and measures to prevent young people from participating in the activities of terrorist, separatist and extremist groups, and pay attention to the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic on young people, Zhang warned.

The SCO will further train the youth of the region to become qualified future leaders of the SCO through various projects such as youth entrepreneurship, e-commerce and distance education. To effectively respond to new threats and challenges, it is more important than ever to train the younger generation to carry on the successful paradigm of the SCO and shoulder the historical responsibility of developing regional peace, Zhang noted.

The opening ceremony of the SCO Youth Technology and Innovation Forum Photo: Courtesy of the forum

The opening ceremony of the SCO Youth Technology and Innovation Forum Photo: Courtesy of the forum

Today, there are 1.8 billion young people in the world – the most in human history. Almost half of the world’s young people live in SCO member states (more than 800 million people). Young people, with their energy, innovative and bold ideas, are seen as an important pillar on the road to the further development of the SCO.

The organization established the SCO Youth Council in 2009 on the initiative of youth organizations of SCO member states – an effective mechanism to protect young people from various destructive ideas by creating the conditions for receiving a modern education and acquiring professional skills, as well as on the further expansion of volunteering and cooperation in e-learning projects in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The SCO Youth Council adopted the membership of India and Pakistan in 2020.

“Given that half of the world’s youth lives on its territory, the future, security, sustainable development and well-being of much of Eurasia directly depends on how we raise the young generation “, Uzbek Deputy Prime Minister Aziz Abduhakimov said at the ceremony. through a video. “Young people with their energy, innovative and bold ideas are an important pillar on the way to the further development of the SCO in all aspects of its activities.”

Over more than 20 years of existence, the SCO has been able to build one of the largest models of multifaceted regional cooperation in the world, with emphasis on ensuring political stability, strengthening security, the expansion of economic cooperation, the joint development and prosperity of peoples, and the establishment of multilateral dialogue in the region, according to Aziz Abduhakimov, who stressed that Uzbekistan fully supports this strategic line of the SCO and, moreover, continues to make a worthy contribution to the transformation of the youth of the “SCO family” into a powerful engine of progress.

Nikolai Snopkov, First Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus, said that Belarus, a current observer state of the SCO, is ready to get involved in the practical implementation of the ideas proposed by the SCO to promote the development of youth.

“Today, China is heading confidently towards the technological leadership of the 21st century. And this gives all SCO countries the certainty that political and economic sovereignty does not contradict joint technological development,” he said. -he declares. “We count on the active participation of young scientists in the formation of a pool of SCO technology parks, which aims to integrate the scientific, educational and industrial sectors in SCO countries.”

The opening ceremony of the SCO Youth Technology and Innovation Forum Photo: Courtesy of the forum

The opening ceremony of the SCO Youth Technology and Innovation Forum Photo: Courtesy of the forum

Chinese President Xi also urged encouraging exchanges, dialogue, harmony and coexistence among civilizations, making full use of platforms including the youth exchange camp, and social organizations such as the good-neighbourliness, friendship and cooperation of the SCO during the 21st meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the SCO in 2021.

“The 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, to be held in the second half of this year, will formulate a plan for China’s future development. China welcomes closer exchanges between SCO countries and the province Chinese Guangdong and Shenzhen City, and seize the development opportunities of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area to strengthen cooperation and achieve common development,” said Shen Yueyue, chairman of the Committee of ‘OCS China for good neighborliness, friendship and cooperation during the ceremony.

Under the theme “Young people build dreams of technology, innovation guides the future”, the forum includes six parallel summits to highlight topics centered on youth innovation and cooperation, people’s health, digital economy development, AI, green development, collaboration for poverty reduction and rural development.

Chairman of Kyrgyzstan’s Public Youth Council Taalaibek Daiyrbekov, who attended the forum, suggested that the cooperation between Kyrgyzstan and China, “a great neighbor of the SCO”, has been highly recognized.

“I have been to almost every province in China and have always marveled at China’s potential. We need cooperation, we need to maximize the use of the SCO platform to develop our relationship with China – mutual understanding and mutual support,” Taalaibek said. Daiyrbekov told the Global Times. He said that since 2009, Kyrgyzstan has sent about 200 to 300 students to participate in various mass activities organized by the SCO.

Abdullo Rahmonzoda, chairman of Tajikistan’s Youth Affairs and Sports Committee, called on his country’s youth to be more “engaged in the term ‘Shanghai spirit’, which has become the embodiment of common trust, equality, respect for the diversity of cultures, and the desire for common development.”

Founded in 2001, the SCO comprises eight member states, namely India, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, four observer states which are Iran, the Afghanistan, Belarus, Mongolia, while dialogue partners include Cambodia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Turkey, as well as Armenia and Azerbaijan.

The combined GDP of SCO member states exceeded $23 trillion in 2021, 13 times higher than when the organization was established, according to the People’s Daily.

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