On 15 May 2024, the ministers of culture representing member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation held their 21st meeting via videoconference.
SCO Deputy Secretary General Sohail Khan opened the meeting.
The participants exchanged views on cooperation opportunities among SCO member states on cultural affairs, including in the context of the intergovernmental agreement between SCO member states to promote cultural cooperation.
The heads of delegations agreed to continue forging stronger ties and sharing their best practices on cultural matters. They also supported the idea of submitting joint applications for listing cultural monuments in SCO member states as UNESCO World Heritage sites. Additionally, they discussed efforts to combat trafficking of cultural artefacts and promote expert exchanges.
The next SCO Culture Ministers’ Meeting is scheduled to take place in 2025 in the People’s Republic of China.