As part of the events organized during the chairmanship of Uzbekistan in the SCO, on 10 November, the University of World Economy and Diplomacy hosted the eighth interactive game, “Model SCO,” under the theme: “Peace and Prosperity in Central Asia Is the Main Factor in Ensuring Stability throughout the SCO Region.” The event was timed to coincide with the celebration of World Youth Day and was held in a hybrid format. “Model SCO” was implemented with the support of the SCO Secretariat and organized by the Center for Public Diplomacy of SCO in Uzbekistan, SCOLAR Network, and the University of World Economy and Diplomacy (UWED).
The main goal of Model SCO is to encourage the interest of young people in the activities of the Organization within the framework of modeling the political discussions of summits at the highest level of the SCO member states. The current eighth “Model SCO” reproduced the activities of one of the main mechanisms of the Organization – the Council of Heads of Government of the SCO member states. The event helped to improve youth’s understanding of the functioning and work of the Organization. A total of 22 delegates, UWED students, represented the member states and the SCO Secretariat.
SCO Secretary-General Vladimir Norov in his welcoming remarks, thanked the event organizers and noted that the traditional “Model SCO” expands its geography every year and covers more countries, cities and educational institutions. He stressed the relevance of the topic, since the Heads of member-states in their declarations, repeatedly emphasized the importance of Central Asia within the Organization and their readiness to jointly turn Central Asia into a space of stability, security, sustainable development and shared prosperity, which largely depends on the achievement of peace and socio-economic development in Afghanistan. That is why the comprehensive efforts of the region’s countries to involve Afghanistan in regional trade, economic, transportation and infrastructure projects are supported within the framework of the SCO.
Vladimir Norov stressed that youth policy is one of the priority areas of the SCO and aims to promote the young generation’s physical, mental and spiritual development and its involvement in large-scale plans for joint development. He noted that in the Dushanbe Declaration of the Twentieth Anniversary of the SCO, the countries’ leaders noted the importance of promoting youth entrepreneurship and creating special programs to enhance the competence of young entrepreneurs in the field of economic activity in the SCO space. For a more practical implementation of the Dushanbe Declaration and Uzbekistan’s plans under the SCO chairmanship, the Secretary-General proposed forming a volunteer wing based on the UWED to assist in work with delegations participating in SCO events under the Uzbek chairmanship.
In conclusion, he wished the delegates good luck and expressed confidence that practically significant proposals would be voiced during the event, which would find their application within the Organization.
Director of the Center for Public Diplomacy of SCO in Uzbekistan Mr. K. Sabirov recalled that over the past years the SCO has become an important subject of world politics, has taken an important place among influential international organizations. The regional partnership based on the “Shanghai Spirit” principles has also significantly strengthened.
First deputy chairperson of the Senate of Uzbekistan’s Parliament, Rector of the University of World Economy and Diplomacy Mr. S. Safoev, while delivering welcoming remarks, noted the growing role of the SCO not only in the region but also in the world. Addressing the delegates, he stressed the importance of holding the “Model SCO”, with the help of which young people can learn better about the mechanisms of the Organization’s work.
K. Tyukeev, Deputy Director of the Executive Committee of the SCO Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure, noted in his welcoming speech that it is youth who are most vulnerable to the influence of terrorism and extremism, and the development of young people in a constructive way plays a key role today.
Delegates of the “Model SCO” delivered their positions with proposals to improve the situation and achieve stability in Central Asia and the SCO region. They discussed the final Communiqué with proposed initiatives from the delegations.
The delegates put forward initiatives to organize the SCO Entrepreneurship Forum, the Festival of Traditions and Cultures of the SCO Countries, and the foundation of a Youth Exchange Fund and students and teachers “SCO Exchange Program”. Noting the importance of choosing a strategy for the development of the Central Asian region, the participants in the meeting proposed an initiative on the implementation of strategic investment programs in the countries of Central Asia.
The interactive game “Model SCO” demonstrated the growing interest of young people of Uzbekistan in the activities of the Organization aimed at strengthening mutual trust, friendship and good-neighborliness between people of our countries.
At the end of the conference, the winners in the “Best Delegate”, “Best Position Paper” and “Best Performance” nominations were awarded with certificates from the SCO Secretariat.
“Best Position Paper” – the delegation of China (Umarova Nilufar, Voitjonov Ilesbek)
“Best Delegate” – Sayidov Daler (Russian delegate)
“Best Performance” – Saraev Samandar (delegate of Uzbekistan)
Daler Sayidov, the representative of the Russian delegation, thanked the organizers for the opportunity, calling the game unforgettable and the atmosphere warm and friendly. The delegate from Uzbekistan Saraev Samandar said that in the game, the delegates felt that they were in the position to which they aim to achive as students of International Relations major. He thanked for the opportunity to participate in the event, where students can develop the skills to become future diplomats.
Within the framework of the Eighth “Model SCO”, the Center for Public Diplomacy of SCO in Uzbekistan and SCOLAR Network signed a memorandum of cooperation.
“Model SCO” is an interactive educational game (simulation conference) that simulates the work of the bodies of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. “Model SCO” is carried out by secondary and higher education students interested in studying and researching the functions and work of the SCO bodies.
The game serves educational purposes and allows participants to study international relations and diplomacy, improve writing and negotiation skills, work in teams, lead discussions and develop new ideas and projects.
Source: SCO Secretatiat
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