On 9-10 April, 2018, the city of Xian in northwestern China hosted the 1st Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) People's Forum, which was founded at the initiative of the Chinese NGO Association for International Exchanges. The theme of the forum is "Promoting regional peace and cooperation, building a community with a shared destiny for humanity: the mission of NGOs."
The forum brought together more than 80 delegates from the SCO member nations, observer states and dialogue partner states (India, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Cambodia, Nepal and Turkey).
Assistant Minister of the International Liaison Department of the CPC Central Committee Wang Yajun, Governor of the Shaanxi province Liu Guozhong, ex-Prime Minister of Nepal Madhav Kumar, SCO Deputy Secretary-General Nurlan Akkoshkarov and Vice Chairperson of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of China Ji Bingxuan addressed the attendees at the opening ceremony.
The plenary sessions in the programme focused on the activities of NGOs, and scientific, research and education centres and other humanitarian organisations that play an active part in the social life of their countries.
The delegates adopted the Xian Declaration of the 1st SCO People's Forum.
The Chinese NGO Association for International Exchanges, with support from the Chinese People's Political Consultative Council, was established in October 2005 and is the country's largest non-profit organisation uniting 265 NGOs, 36 of which have consultative status at the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).