The structure of a multipolar world is discussed at the SCO Forum in Sochi

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The structure of a multipolar world is discussed at the SCO Forum in Sochi 19.04.2016 17:28

In Sochi started the forum of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization on the role of civil society in world politics

Today, on April 19 in Sochi started the International Forum “On the second track. The role of civil society and public diplomacy in the further development and expansion of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization”, which brought together representatives of 26 countries of the former Soviet Union, Southwest, Central and Southeast Asia, the Asia-Pacific region. Moderator, Konstantin Zatulin, head of the Working Group of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation on the Eurasian integration and support of SCO, said that the event is held for the first time on such a scale and with such a wide international representation.

At the plenary session, which took place this morning, the mayor of Sochi Anatoly Pakhomov and deputy governor of the region Yuri Burlachenko have brought welcoming speech to the participants of the forum and expressed hope that the forum will become a traditional annual event in Sochi, and the citizens of the participating countries will visit the resorts of the Krasnodar region.

Also, the morning session was devoted to the main problems facing the organization in the context of growing international tensions and the further expansion of the SCO due to the admission of new members - India and Pakistan, and eventually Iran.

The representative of Pakistan, Sehar Kamran, a member of the Committees on Defense, the military industry, human rights and the federal education, expressed the hope that the SCO will get reliable ally in the face of her country, which could play the key role to increased influence in the region and SCO partner in addressing the most acute problems of terrorism, extremism and cross-border drug trafficking. Sehar Kamran assured that Pakistan will provide the transport, economic and energy corridors for easier access of Eurasian partners to the Asian region.

According to Sergei Glazyev, full Member of Russian Academy of Science, presidential aide on regional economic integration, was present at the plenary session expansion and growth of the influence of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization plays an important role in the response to the current geopolitical challenges. According to Glazyev, regional cooperation on the basis of the SCO could become an alternative center of power, opposing American hegemony and the unipolar world order. Based on equality and respect for the national interests of the member-states of the Eurasian integration, SCO is very different from the economic and military blocs, established in the United States and NATO countries, as they do not involve the introduction of the country’s external control, the abolition of the national currency and the subordination of the interests of citizens’ interests of a particular economic or political union.

Forum, held in Sochi is a platform for exchange of views between representatives of the expert community - businesses, institutions, scientific and public organizations. The aim of the Forum is the analysis of current problems and prospects of development of the SCO, and the development of expertise and advice, which could be used by political and diplomatic structures.

The first representatives of the organization should solve the economic issues of the work of SCO. For example, as noted by Alexander Lukin, director of the East Asian and SCO Center MGIMO (University) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, the actual problem is the financing of joint projects of member countries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. For this purpose, it is proposed to establish own bank, possibly on the basis of the existing Eurasian Bank - the matter is already under consideration by the organization’s leadership.

International Forum “On the second track. The role of civil society and public diplomacy in the further development and expansion of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization” will last until April 20 in Sochi. The final resolution will be submitted at the final plenary session, which will take place tomorrow evening.