HEADLINE First SCO People’s Forum adopts Xi'an Declaration

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First SCO People’s Forum adopts Xi'an Declaration

By Zhang Guangzheng | People's Daily app

14:42, April 10, 2018

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Xi'an (People's Daily) - The two-day First Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) People’s Forum ended in Xi’an, Northwest China’s Shaanxi Province on Tuesday, adopting the Xi’an Declaration.

The forum, co-organized by the China NGO Network for International Exchanges (CNIE) and the People’s Government of Shaanxi Province, held candid and in-depth discussions on the theme of “Promoting Regional Peace and Cooperation, Building a Community with a Shared Future for Mankind – Mission of NGOs”. 

The declaration reaffirms that countries should make joint efforts to safeguard the victory outcome of the World War II as well as international fairness and justice, and to realize regional and world peace, stability, development and prosperity.

NGOs are natural partners of the SCO and important participants in building a community with a shared future for mankind, the declaration stated.

The declaration proposes governments and NGOs carry out various kinds of exchange activities under the theme of building a community with a shared future for mankind and raise the awareness of the public, so as to consolidate the social foundation to build a new type of international relations and a community with a shared future for mankind.

“We uphold the concept of common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security and safeguard regional security and stability,” said the declaration. NGOs should proactively offer suggestions and advice.

The declaration also proposes to carry out livelihood cooperation and strive to eliminate poverty. “NGOs should promote experience sharing in poverty alleviation, carry out project cooperation and participate in the building of a poverty alleviation program encompassing multiple players.”

“We uphold the Shanghai Spirit, advocate cultural diversity and respect different cultural traditions, religious beliefs and values of different countries and nations”, the declaration stated, calling for NGOs to proactively facilitate people-to-people connectivity, create foundations and mobilize resources for practical cooperation and see to it that the fruits of development be shared by people of all countries.

The declaration also called for practical cooperation and improving people’s livelihood. “NGOs should proactively facilitate people-to-people connectivity, create foundations and mobilize resources for practical cooperation and see to it that the fruits of development be shared by people of all countries”.

The declaration suggests the SCO People’s Forum be institutionalized and incorporated within the mechanism of the SCO as a constructive platform for dialogue between the civil society and the governments, in order to jointly tackle the problems and challenges faced by the SCO and promote its development.

NGOs should proactively participate in cultural and people-to-people exchanges and play a positive role in enhancing mutual understanding and friendship between different peoples, the declaration added.  

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