SCO Secretary-General speaks at Gumilev Eurasian National University
SCO Secretary-General speaks at Gumilev Eurasian National University

On 18 April, SCO Secretary-General Rashid Alimov visited Gumilev Eurasian National University and spoke before its faculty, researchers and students.

In his lecture, the Secretary-General covered in detail the SCO's history, including its emergence, development and current activities, as well as its goals, principles and areas of focus. "Today the SCO space unites about 44 percent of the world population and is the fastest-developing region of the world," he said. "The total GDP by purchasing power parity of the SCO member states amounted to about $37 trillion in 2015, which is one-third of the global total."

The SCO Secretary-General focused particularly on the organisation's core document which is the SCO Charter. "The main document of the organisation — its soul and compass — turns 15 this year," Mr Alimov said. "The adoption of the SCO Charter was of decisive importance for the establishment of a new model of international cooperation, which proves its value year in and year out. Today, no one has any doubt that the ‘constitution' of the new association, the SCO Charter, having defined the goals and key areas of cooperation, laid a solid legal and philosophical foundation for the functioning of this organisation, and presented the world with a compelling example of a new interpretation of universally recognised principles of interstate relations."

The meeting participants focused much on the preparations for the main annual event of the organisation, which is the meeting of the SCO Council of Heads of State to be held in the capital of Kazakhstan, Astana, on 8-9 June.

An open and engaging discussion followed the Secretary-General's lecture, and professors and students had the opportunity to ask Mr Alimov questions and receive substantive answers.

The SCO Secretary-General arrived in Astana this morning to attend a meeting of the SCO foreign ministers, to visit the SCO pavilion under construction at the site of EXPO-2017, and to hold a series of bilateral meetings.

Gumilev Eurasian National University is an institution of higher education named after outstanding Russian scientist, historian, and ethnologist Lev Gumilev. The university is the leading research and educational centre of the Eurasian region, which trains personnel for priority sectors of the economy, social sphere and international relations.

This educational institution comprises 26 scientific institutions, such as research institutes, laboratories, and centres, and 13 departments.