On 27 November 2018, the UN Headquarters hosted the second high-level joint special event UN-SCO: Cooperation Aimed at Strengthening Peace, Security and Stability.
Those taking part in the event heard reports by SCO Secretary-General Rashid Alimov, UN Secretary General António Guterres, Director of the Executive Committee of SCO's Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure Yevgeny Sysoyev, UN Under-Secretary General and Chief of the UN Counter-Terrorism Office Vladimir Voronkov and Director of the New York Liaison Office of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Simone Monasebian.
Representatives of SCO member states, including the Republic of India, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the People's Republic of China, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Tajikistan and the Republic of Uzbekistan, as well as representatives of observer states (Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran and Mongolia) and SCO dialogue partners (Azerbaijan, Armenia, Cambodia, Nepal, Turkey and Sri Lanka) addressed the meeting.
The UN-SCO joint special event also involved representatives of the European Union, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, Greece, Madagascar, Qatar, Bangladesh, Guatemala and Israel, as well as international organisations, agencies and institutions, including the International Labour Organisation, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). In all, over 100 people attended the event.
Discussion participants focused on further expanding UN-SCO cooperation to strengthen peace, security and stability, and to counter traditional threats and new challenges, including the fight against terrorism, extremism, illegal drug trafficking and organised trans-border crime.
They prioritised SCO efforts to combat illegal drug trafficking, which is increasingly being used to finance international terrorist and extremist organisations. In this context, the participants watched video reports highlighting the SCO's counter-narcotics efforts.
The participants noted the intensive expansion of UN-SCO cooperation to strengthen peace, security and stability and acknowledged the importance of organising special bilateral events to achieve practical results.
The first UN-SCO joint special event took place in November 2016.. Its results helped boost practical cooperation between the SCO and the UN, its specialised institutions and agencies. The special event was held as part of Kazakhstan's SCO Presidency.
The second special event is organised as part of the Kyrgyz Republic's SCO Presidency.