The SCO Secretary General addressed the OSCE security Review conference

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The SCO Secretary General addressed the OSCE security Review conference 30.06.2020 15:55

On June 24, at the invitation of the OSCE Secretariat, SCO Secretary General Vladimir Norov took part in the annual OSCE conference on the review of security issues, which is being held online this year.

The event was attended by representatives of 57 participating States, 6 OSCE partner States and 10 international organizations.

Norev spoke at the working session "Transnational threats: current and future trends in the OSCE area and beyond". According to him, the SCO and the OSCE are the largest TRANS-regional associations in Eurasia in terms of territory and population coverage, which carry out multidisciplinary activities in the field of maintaining peace and stability, sustainable economic and humanitarian development.

He noted the joint efforts of the two organizations to strengthen security in the Central Asian region.

In the context of the socio-economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, new risks associated with the spread of radical ideas in society, the growth of crimes in the field of ICT, the threat of bioterrorism, the emergence of new channels of drug trafficking have become relevant, the Secretary General stated.

At the same time, he noted that all these challenges are under the close attention of the SCO member States and will be reflected in the documents submitted to the upcoming St. Petersburg summit of the Organization.

Norov pointed out the importance of maintaining a dialogue on the reconstruction of Afghanistan – a state that is both an observer to the SCO and an Asian partner of the OSCE.

In conclusion, Norov positively assessed the working contacts between the SCO and OSCE secretariats, expressing hope for their useful synergistic contribution to building a single and common space for security and development.