The “Shanghai Spirit,” the values of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), is more important than ever in handling global challenges and threats, said Leaders of the SCO Member States at the 20th SCO Summit (hosted by Russia via video Link).

The Spirit, which features mutual trust, mutual benefit, equality, consultation, respect for diverse civilizations and pursuit of common development, has stimulated the SCO Member States to Cooperate and address the current global challenges.

At the 20th SCO Summit, Leaders of Member Countries adopted and issued the “SCO Heads of State Council Moscow Declaration” and a series of statements involving integration of transport services, environmental protection, digital economy cooperation and a common response to COVID-19.

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, President of Kazakhstan, said SCO Member States should exert more efforts in the multilateral cooperation in infrastructure and logistics projects.

“We are willing to work together to sign the framework agreement between the governments of the SCO member states on creating a system for integrated control over transport services. The bond of our joint efforts is undoubtedly the major projects of the Belt & Road. Kazakhstan will make due efforts to jointly implement our infrastructure and logistics projects, which will benefit our economy and the economies of our partners,” he said.

“We have an obligation to focus our attention on environmental issues and their negative impact on the socio-economic development of our people,” Tokayev added.

Acting President & Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan,Sadyr Zhaparov said handling the COVID-19’s impact on socio-economic development while giving full play to the SCO’s potential is now seen as an important task.

“Therefore, it is necessary for us to strengthen cooperation in the fields of trade and economy, including the development of digital economy and the joint implementation of major economic projects,” said Zharov.

President of Uzbekistan,Shavkat Mirziyoyev said the world must unite and tolerate difference as the world is now faced with the economic crisis brought by the pandemic and challenges of military, racial and religious conflicts.

“The global challenges and threats can only be overcome by maintaining and strengthening our tradition of good neighborliness, equality, trust and consideration of each other’s interests. Today, strengthening the ‘Shanghai Spirit’ is more important than ever.

This unique experience of multilateral cooperation is our common heritage which expresses our desire for common development and respect for cultural diversity,” said Mirziyoyev.