New Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Agreement Aims At Protecting Cultural Heritage

by Arun Kumar Das - Aug 19, 2021 11:03 AM +05:30 IST
New Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Agreement Aims At Protecting Cultural HeritageUnion Minister of State for Culture Arjun Ram Meghwal.
  • SCO member states sign agreements to enhance cultural and humanitarian cooperation to strengthen inter-state understanding.

Culture ministers from member states of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) agreed to boost cooperation to protect cultural heritage and vocational education in culture and arts at a meeting hosted by Tajikistan, which holds the chairship of SCO in 2021.

Union Minister of State for Culture Arjun Ram Meghwal, who participated in the SCO Culture Ministers Meeting, lauded the efforts of Tajikistan for its proposals to protect the cultural heritage.

Presenting India’s perspective on cultural cooperation within the SCO, the minister cited India’s exhibition initiatives on ‘Shared Buddhist Heritage’ and translation of Indian classics in official languages of SCO (Russian and Chinese), projects that were undertaken on the sidelines of SCO Council of Heads of Government Meeting 2020 hosted by India.

Discussions were also held to intensify cultural and humanitarian cooperation for strengthening inter-state understanding.

Meghwal also shared the celebration of 75 years of India’s Independence as ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ at the meeting and outlined India’s journey to complete the Centenary of Independence in 2047.

He expressed his belief towards enhancing cooperation with SCO member states based on shared values.

The regulations on Gala Concert of the Arts Festival of SCO and the protocol were agreed upon and signed by all heads of delegations of SCO member states.

The SCO is an intergovernmental organisation founded in Shanghai on 15 June 2001. It currently comprises eight member states (China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan), and four observer states (Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran, and Mongolia).

Arun Kumar Das is a senior journalist covering railways. He can be contacted at

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