Global Political Calendar: UN General Assembly's 77th session, 22nd SCO summit

In the next week, the 2022 annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Council of Heads of State will kick off in Uzbekistan, and the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly will also open.

SCO summit

The 22nd Meeting of SCO Council of Heads of State will be held from Thursday to Friday in the Uzbek city of Samarkand.

In a recent interview with China Media Group, Chinese Ambassador to Uzbekistan Jiang Yan said the SCO countries have followed the path of win-win cooperation, and have a vast potential for development.

Launched in the Chinese City of Shanghai in June 2001, the SCO was first expanded in 2017 when India and Pakistan joined as full members. With its six founding members: China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, the group currently has eight full members, four observer countries and six dialogue partners.

Under the guidance of the Shanghai Spirit, a bedrock principle of the body, the SCO countries have rendered each other respect and support, forging a new type of international relations featuring mutual respect and win-win cooperation.

UN General Assembly meets

The 77th session of the UN General Assembly will open on Tuesday at the UN headquarters in New York, in the first in-person format since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On the theme "A watershed moment: transformative solutions to interlocking challenges," heads of states and governments will exchange views in the General Assembly Hall.

High-level events will include discussions on the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN's 2030 Agenda and the Transforming Education Summit, among others.

Day by day

Monday: Mexico's economy ministry holds a press conference after the U.S.-Mexico High-Level Economic Dialogue; U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit Mexico; 51st regular session of the Human Rights Council (to October 7). 

Tuesday: Foreign Secretary of Nepal Bharat Raj Paudyal will pay an official visit to India (to September 14); Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin makes speech to EU Parliament in Strasbourg.

Wednesday: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to hold news conference ahead of the annual gathering of world leaders for the UN General Assembly, which starts September 20; European Commission President Urusla von der Leyen delivers state of the European Union address to the European Parliament; High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell takes part and speaks in debate in EU Parliament; Philippines' Foreign Minister Enrique Manalo delivers opening remarks at an "Indo-Pacific" defense forum.

Thursday: The 22nd Meeting of SCO Council of Heads of State will open (to September 16); Minister for Economy of Spain Nadia Calvino speaks at Forum Europa in Madrid.

Friday: Masato Kanda, Japan's vice finance minister for international affairs speaks at virtual event.

Saturday: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be on a visit to the United States (to September 22).

Sunday: Quiet day in politics.

(With input from Reuters)

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