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Varanasi is the cultural and tourism capital of the SCO

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On 15 July 2022, Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Secretary-General Zhang Ming has announced that the first cultural and tourism capital of the SCO will now be Varanasi. With this announcement of Zhang Ming, Varanasi will get global recognition as cultural and tourism.

  • Varanasi will have the crown of cultural and tourism capital from September 2022 to September 2023 under the rotation policy.

  • According to Zhang Ming, people-to-people cooperation is an important area under the SCO framework.

  • This will boost the tourism industry here as well as increase employment opportunities.

India will become the President of SCO:

  • India will take over as the SCO President from Uzbekistan at the Samarkand summit in September this year.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has proposed several initiatives in the field of culture including SCO Food Festival, SCO Film Festival.

  • The site prepared for the SCO summit in Samarkand will later be used as the 'SCO Park'.

India's 32 heritage sites include:

  • To mark 20 years of the adoption of the SCO Charter, its Secretariat has completed an album collection. It includes 240 world cultural heritage sites from SCO countries. 

  • It includes 32 places in India. Zhang Ming said that the SCO countries have rich resources. There is a huge market and there is huge potential for tourism development.

  • Varanasi is the parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Dev Deepawali, Baba Vishwanath, Sankatmochan Sangeet Samaroh and Sarnath are quite famous here.

  • Apart from this, Ramlila of Ramnagar is also very famous. Now all these will get recognition all over the world.

Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO):

  • The SCO is a Eurasian economic, political and security-related organisation of Nine Countries whose goal is to maintain peace, security and stability in the region.

  • It was formed in the year 2001.

  • The SCO Charter was signed in the year 2002 and came into force in the year 2003.

  • It includes China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Iran.

  • India and Pakistan had subscribed to it in 2017. SCO member states work to enhance mutual cooperation against terrorism and for regional peace.

  • It is also the world's largest regional organization by population and the largest consumer market.

Origin of SCO:

  • Before the formation of the SCO in 2001, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan were members of the Shanghai Five.

  • The Shanghai Five (1996) originated as a series of border demarcation and demilitarization talks, conducted by the four former Soviet republics to ensure stability along the borders with China.

  • The Shanghai Five were renamed the SCO after Uzbekistan joined the organization in 2001.

  • On September 17, 2021, it was announced that Iran would accept full-time membership of the SCO.

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