Will SCO Become New United Nations for Non-Western World?
"If the SCO wants to make a meaningful impact worldwide, then the boldest path is for it to transform itself into a new-age global organization," Robinder Sachdev told Sputnik India. "The SCO has the historic opportunity to become the modern, ideal, mini-United Nations of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Such a globalized SCO can have membership of non-USA, non-European nations, with doors later also open for Western nations to join. Patterned by the UN, the norms and practices of the SCO should be equitable, democratic, and will be based on the reality of the 21st century."
Currently, the organization consists of eight permanent members, namely, China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan; and nine dialogue partners – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Turkiye, Egypt, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia.
"There are three key decisions and clarifications that the SCO will have to share with its members and the world before it can expand as the mini-UN of the non-Western world," he pointed out. "The three questions are: Does the SCO nurture a military agenda against the West? Is the SCO an organization that will take an anti-West position on any and all matters? Are non-Western nations, in Asia (and Africa, Latin America), who are pro-West, welcome to join the SCO?"