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Xi¡¯an Declaration of the First Shanghai Cooperation Organization People¡¯s Forum
We, around 80 delegates from member states, observer states and dialogue partners of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (hereinafter referred to as SCO), gathered in Xi¡¯an, China on April 9-10, 2018 to attend the First Shanghai Cooperation Organization People¡¯s Forum co-organized by China NGO Network for International Exchanges (CNIE) and the People¡¯s Government of Shaanxi Province and 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¡±.  We would like to thank CNIE and Shaanxi government for hosting this forum, as well as China and relevant parties for their seriousness and support.
We recognize that in the past decade, with the joint efforts of all member states, the SCO has become an important player in modern international relations and has played an important role in maintaining regional peace and stability, promoting multi-polarization of the world and democratic international relations, and improving global governance. We reaffirm that countries should make joint efforts to safeguard the victory outcome of the Second World War as well as international fairness and justice, and to realize regional and world peace, stability, development and prosperity. We notice that the world is undergoing profound and complex changes, which have brought both opportunities and challenges for the SCO. We are ready to strengthen solidarity and coordination among us and meet the challenges together.
We appreciate the consensus of building a community with a shared future for mankind reached during the Council of Heads of State of the SCO in 2017, which has charted the course for realizing long-term prosperity and stability of the region. We believe that NGOs can play a unique role in building bridges of communication, reflecting public opinion and forging synergy of the civil society. Therefore, NGOs are natural partners of the SCO and important participants in building a community with a shared future for mankind. We propose that,
I.                   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.
II.                We uphold the concept of common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security and safeguard regional security and stability. Countries should strengthen cooperation, fulfill Shanghai Convention on Combating Terrorism, Separatism and Extremism and make joint efforts to confront traditional and non-traditional security threats so as to create a safe working and living environment for people of all countries. NGOs should make their due contribution by proactively offering suggestions and advice.
III.             We carry out livelihood cooperation and strive to eliminate poverty. Livelihood cooperation should be an important field for SCO countries to cooperate, so that people of different countries can all share the fruits of development. Governments should be fully aware of the importance of poverty alleviation and take coordinated and effective measures to implement the 2030 agenda for sustainable development and advance poverty alleviation. NGOs should promote experience sharing in poverty alleviation, carry out projects cooperation and participate in the building of a poverty alleviation program encompassing multiple players.
IV.            We uphold the Shanghai Spirit, advocate cultural diversity and respect different cultural traditions, religious beliefs and values of different countries and nations so that when it comes to civilization, exchanges triumph over barriers, mutual learning triumphs over conflicts and co-existence triumphs over superiority. 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.
V.               We carry out practical cooperation and improve the livelihood of the people. We should take the opportunities brought along by the Belt and Road Initiative and promote the connecting of development strategies of different countries so as to share development opportunities and realize common prosperity. 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.
VI.            We pool together people¡¯s strength to build a platform for people-to-people exchanges. We suggest the Shanghai Cooperation Organization People¡¯s Forum be institutionalized and incorporated within the mechanism of the SCO as a constructive platform for dialogues between the civil society and the governments, in order to jointly tackle the problems and challenges faced by the SCO and promote its development.
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