On October 28, 2016, the United Nations Security Council held a special session on cooperation with Collective Security Treaty Organisation, Commonwealth of Independent States and Shanghai Cooperation Organisation as regional bodies in maintaining international peace and security. Security Council members, the states parties of the three regional organisations, leadership of the UN, CSTO, CIS and SCO Secretariats discussed prospects for joint efforts.
Belarus took part in the meeting as presidency of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation. Permanent Representative of Belarus to the UN Andrei Dapkiunas made a statement (in Russian) on behalf of the CSTO member states outlining main approaches to building partnership between the UN and the CSTO.
Belarusian representative noted that the CSTO versatility allows for practical cooperation with the UN in many areas, including peacekeeping, fighting against terrorism and drug trafficking, disaster management, countering human trafficking and illegal migration.
During the presidency of Belarus in the CSTO member states of this organisation are planning to initiate a number of joint meetings and events with the United Nations on the most topical international issues. Based on their belief in the indivisibility of peace, security and progressive sustainable development, Belarus and other CSTO countries will contribute to the collective work of international organisations to promote peace and security.