IPDS signed agreement of cooperation with GNFCC of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization
by Kaswar Klasra
ISLAMABAD, June 5(Gwadar Pro)—Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies, Pakistan (IPDS) signed agreement of cooperation with the Good-Neighborliness, Friendship and Cooperation Commission of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (GNFCC SCO) during a high level forum on “SCO Forum on People-to-People Friendship under the theme of “promoting people-to-people friendship and carrying forward the Shanghai Spirit” organised on the occasion of the the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), at Wuhan in Hubei Province of People’s Republic of China.
The Forum was co-organized by the Good-neighborliness, Friendship and Cooperation Commission of SCO, the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, and Hubei Provincial People's Government.
Ms. Shen Yueyue, Deputy Chairperson of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of China, President of the All-China Women's Federation and General Secretary of China's SCO Committee on Good-Neighbourliness, Friendship and Cooperation and Ms. Farhat Asif, Founder President Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies signed the agreement of cooperation during this outstanding ceremony.
The Good-Neighborliness, Friendship and Cooperation Commission of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (GNFCC SCO) is a department under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, which is working on expanding exchanges and cooperation of academic and cultural institutions, social organization and business groups among SCO countries, promoting their pragmatic cooperation by deepening their good neighborly and friendly relationship.
IPDS is Pakistan’s premier think tank focusing on public diplomacy, leadership and peacebuilding research and skills. IPDS has established the Pakistan-SCO Friendship Forum, Pakistan SCO Business Council, SCO Studies Centre and other important initiatives focusing on building people to people ties in the SCO region.
“Wuhan Initiative of SCO Forum on People to People Friendship” was also launched during the opening ceremony. Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory letter to SCO on the occasion where he expressed hope that through this initiative there will be enhanced mutual understanding, deepening friendship and cooperation.
Ms. Farhat Asif, president of the IPDS represented Pakistan at the forum and made her remarks. High-level officials along with members of the public attended the forum.