Statement for the Press by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon following the ceremony of Signing of Declaration of Cooperation with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization

Excellencies,

I am convinced that there is no single issue in today’s world that can be addressed on its own or by one Member State acting alone.

A collective approach – often at the regional level – is required to manage challenges such as counterterrorism, drug trafficking, disaster preparedness and climate change.

That is why I have been working to strengthen the United Nations cooperation with regional organizations.

This is also a founding principle of the United Nations.

The UN Charter foresaw a world in which regional organizations and the United Nations would work together on all continents to prevent, manage and resolve crises.

Today, we act to further strengthen this long-held vision and this 21st century priority.

This signing of the Joint Declaration on UN/SCO Secretariat Cooperation follows the General Assembly’s adoption of a resolution on “Cooperation between the UN and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.”

A number of UN entities are already working with the SCO. This includes the UN Economic and Social Council of Asia and the Pacific, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, and, of course, the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy in Central Asia.

With this signing, we see potential for enhanced cooperation in areas of common interest, including conflict prevention and resolution, counterterrorism, nonproliferation, promoting sustainable economic development, addressing the challenges of environmental degradation and more.

We at the UN Secretariat look forward to continuing our dialogue with the SCO and building our partnership further.

Thank you for your leadership.