On 11 November 2017, SCO Secretary-General Rashid Alimov had a meeting with Ashita Mittal, Regional Representative at the Regional Office for Central Asia of the UN Office for Drugs and Crime, on the sidelines of the international conference Central Asia: One Past and a Common Future, Cooperation for Sustainable Development and Mutual Prosperity.
Ms Mittal praised the efforts of SCO member states to fight illicit drugs and their precursors. She noted intensive contacts between the UNODC and the SCO in execution of the 2011 memorandum of understanding between them. The successful 13 March 2017 high-level event The United Nations and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in the Fight against Drugs: Common Threats and Joint Actions during the anniversary session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs showed the practical results of their cooperation in the first five years since signing the memorandum, Ms Mittal noted. In this context, she expressed hope that the UNODC and its regional office would further expand cooperation with the SCO.
Mr Alimov thanked Ms Mittal for her high opinion of the SCO's counterdrug operations and noted that the Astana Declaration also praised cooperation between the SCO and the UNODC. SCO member states will continue to further practical cooperation and coordination in the fight against illegal trafficking of drugs, psychotropic substances and precursors under the agreements reached within the SCO, as well as UN conventions and decisions, he noted.
The Joint Declaration on Cooperation between the Secretariats of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and the United Nations, signed on 5 April 2010 in Tashkent, and the Memorandum of Understanding between the Secretariat of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, signed on 14 June 2011 in Astana, form the institutional foundation of cooperation between the UNODC and the SCO.