On a mission to positively impact the lives of 1 billion youth
in the SCO region by 2050
SCOLAR stands for Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s Leaders with Aspiration and Respect for one another.
SCOLAR Network (SCO Countries Youth Platform) was founded in April 2017 as a grassroots community to bring together young people from the SCO region. Later, we received support from the SCO Secretariat and SCO Business Council Secretariat. Today SCOLAR serves as a platform to strengthen connectivity, promote empathy and dialogue, create social impact and contribute to the development in the SCO region.
We believe in the shared traditions, civilizational history and values of our neighboring countries. This is why SCOLAR takes the “Shanghai Spirit” principles as a guide in its mission to strengthen the role of youth in developing their countries and the Eurasian region as a whole. The “Shanghai Spirit”, as a combination of the founding principles of the SCO, includes mutual trust, mutual benefit, equality, consultation, respect for cultural diversity and pursuit of common development.
SCOLAR aims to support university students and young professionals from the region by pursuing projects & establishing connections with relevant stakeholders. The goal of our projects is to find creative solutions to the challenges young people face. Our anchor projects include “Model SCO” intellectual game, “Agora: SCOLAR Vision” youth conference and educational project SCOLAR Academy. These projects bring together thousands of people, including students, graduates, private sector, media representatives, and other organization.
of the world population
of Eurasian landmass
of the world GDP
median age across member states
Read what SCO countries’ leadership say about SCOLAR.
SCOLAR Network was highlighted by the Ministers of Education of the SCO member states as an important youth-led initiative. They supported the idea of establishing similar youth organizations in other SCO countries to create a common platform for dialogue and exchanges among young specialists and students, as well as their engagement in the development of their respective countries and the region.
– 17 October 2018, Astana, Kazakhstan
“Model SCO” was supported by the Council of Heads of Government (Prime Ministers) of the SCO Member States in 2018 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, and 2019 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
*SCOLAR Network was formerly known as SCO Countries Youth League
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The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) is a permanent intergovernmental international organisation, the creation of which was announced on 15 June 2001 in Shanghai, China, by Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. It was preceded by the Shanghai Five mechanism.
The SCO Charter was signed during the St.Petersburg SCO Heads of State meeting in June 2002. This is the fundamental statutory document which outlines the organisation’s goals and principles, as well as its structure and core activities.
The historical meeting of the Heads of State Council of the SCO on 8-9 June 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan, granted the status of a full member of the Organization to India and Pakistan.
The SCO’s main goals are as follows: strengthening mutual trust and neighbourliness among the member states; promoting their effective cooperation in politics, trade, the economy, research, technology and culture, as well as in education, energy, transport, tourism, environmental protection, and other areas; making joint efforts to maintain and ensure peace, security and stability in the region; and moving towards the establishment of a democratic, fair and rational new international political and economic order.
Proceeding from the “Shanghai Spirit”, the SCO pursues its internal policy based on the principles of mutual trust, mutual benefit, equality, mutual consultations, respect for cultural diversity, and a desire for common development, while its external policy is conducted in accordance with the principles of non-alignment, non-targeting any third country, and openness.
The Heads of State Council (HSC) is the supreme decision-making body in the SCO. It meets once a year and adopts decisions and guidelines on all important matters of the organisation. The SCO Heads of Government Council (HGC) meets once a year to discuss the organisation’s multilateral cooperation strategy and priority areas, to resolve current important economic and other cooperation issues, and also to approve the organisation’s annual budget. The SCO’s official languages are Russian and Chinese.
In addition to HSC and HGC meetings, there is also a mechanism of meetings at the level of heads of parliament; secretaries of Security Councils; ministers of foreign affairs, defence, emergency relief, economy, transport, culture, education, and healthcare; heads of law enforcement agencies and supreme and arbitration courts; and prosecutors general. The Council of National Coordinators of SCO Member States (CNC) acts as the SCO coordination mechanism.
The organisation has two permanent bodies — the SCO Secretariat based in Beijing and the Executive Committee of the Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS) based in Tashkent.
Thus, currently SCO comprises 18 countries:
• 9 member states: India, Iran, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan;
• 3 observer states: Afghanistan, Belarus, and Mongolia;
• 14 dialogue partners: Azerbaijan, Armenia, Bahrain, Cambodia, Egypt, Kuwait, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Turkey, and United Arab Emirates