Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)

What is Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)?

Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) meaning

established – 15 June 2001


aim – to combat terrorism, extremism, and separatism; to safeguard regional security through mutual trust, disarmament, and cooperative security; and to increase cooperation in political, trade, economic, scientific and technological, cultural, and educational fields


members – (6) China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan


dialogue members – (3) Belarus, Sri Lanka Turkey


observers – (5) Afghanistan, India, Iran, Mongolia, Pakistan



reference: The World Factbook 2017. Washington, DC: Central Intelligence Agency, 2017.