On 3 May, 2018, on the sidelines of a high-level international conference against terrorism and extremism, held in Dushanbe, Secretary-General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Rashid Alimov met with high-ranking UN officials: UN Under-Secretary-General and Head of the UN Counter-Terrorism Office Vladimir Voronkov, Executive Director of the Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED) of the UN Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee Michele Coninsx and UN Secretary-General Special Representative and Head of the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) Natalia Gherman.
A constructive and in-depth exchange of views on the current state of and future prospects for SCO-UN cooperation on the anti-terrorist track took place during the meeting.
The SCO Secretary-General said that cooperation with the UN was a priority for the SCO and called for a deeper dialogue in addressing the practical aspects of combating international terrorism and extremism and promoting regional economic, cultural and humanitarian development.
"Joint UN-SCO events, which have already become a tradition, on fighting new challenges and threats and combating terrorism, extremism and illegal drug trafficking, the growing interaction between the SCO Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS) and the UN Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee have made an important practical contribution to promoting international cooperation. The SCO welcomes the creation and increasing role of a new UN body — the UN Counter-Terrorism Office — with which close contact has been established and a joint action plan has been mapped out," Mr Alimov said.
UN Under-Secretary-General Vladimir Voronkov, for his part, underscored the qualitatively new state of cooperation between the two organisations and praised the role of the SCO in supporting UN efforts to maintain peace and security. "We express our readiness to support your initiatives as only cooperation can enable us to consolidate efforts for an effective struggle against international terrorism and other challenges," Mr Voronkov said.
The sides outlined cooperation priorities for 2018, including joint events on the sidelines of the upcoming 73rd session of the UN General Assembly.
The meeting was attended by Deputy Director of the SCO RATS Executive Committee Dzhumakhon Giyosov.
Later in the day, the SCO Secretary-General and the high-ranking UN officials toured an exhibit of decorative items by Tajik craftsmen at the Tajikistan hotel.
SCO-UN relations have been consistently developing since 2004 as an example of effective cooperation between a global and a regional organisation.