FAO and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation have agreed to boost joint efforts aimed at providing food security and sustainable development for present and future generations, in the context of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Memorandum of Understanding was signed on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation’s 18th meeting of the Heads of Government Council in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, by Vladimir Rakhmanin FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Europe and Central Asia and Vladimir Norov, Secretary-General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.
“There is a whole range of topics, including food security, agriculture and environmental sustainability, where both organizations play an active role with many overlapping; it was an obvious step to forge closer ties and work together even harder for the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals,” Rakhmanin said. “The vision for a sustainable future is a complex matter, where all have to act together”, he added.
FAO and the SCO have collaborated on certain topics and activities, such as transboundary animal diseases and the parties today agreed to exchange information, research data, and best practices related to food security and sustainable development in a more structured manner.
The SCO is a permanent intergovernmental international organization, which comprises of eight member states (China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan). These countries signed up to cooperate in many areas, including trade, economy, industry, and others.
SCO member states have placed special attention on agriculture and environmental protection, including water resources management.