DMITRY FEDOROVICH MEZENTSEV
Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Secretary-General
Born on 18 August 1959 in Leningrad
Graduated in 1981 from Leningrad Institute of Railway Engineers, worked as a foreman of the October Railway Leningrad Baltic Depot
1983-1984 – work for the Young Communist League (Komsomol) in Leningrad
1984-1990 – military service as a Soviet Army officer, work for the army newspapers
1990-1991 – member of the Leningrad City Council, head of the City Council and City Government Press Centre
1991-1996 – chairman of Saint Petersburg Mayor’s Office Printing, Publishing and Media Committee, representative of the Information and Press Ministry of the Russian Federation
1996-1999 – Deputy Chairman of the Russian Federation State Press Committee
Since November 1999 – President of the Centre of Strategic Research (Moscow)
January 2002 – June 2009 – representative of the Irkutsk Region Administration at the Council of Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Information Policy Committee, 2004-2009 – Deputy Chairman of the Council of Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation
In 2006 in accordance with a Russian Federation government decree appointed Special Representative on SCO Business Council affairs; the same year – elected, in 2009 – reelected SCO BC Chairman
2009-2012 – Governor, Chairman of the Government of Irkutsk Region
At SCO Heads of State Council meeting in Beijing on 7 June 2012 appointed to the office of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Secretary-General for the duration of 1 January 2013 through 31 December 2015
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Since 2008 – professor, head of political psychology department of Saint Petersburg State University, PhD in political psychology, doctoral candidate of Moscow State Institute (University) of International Relations of the Russian Federation Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Since 1988 – member of the Soviet Union (now Russian Federation) Journalist Association
Married, has a daughter and a grandson
Decorations: “Order of Merit to the Motherland Fourth Degree”, Order of Honour, medals, officer of the National Order of the French Legion of Honour, medal “For the strengthening of Russo-Chinese friendship”
The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) is a permanent intergovernmental international organisation creation of which was proclaimed on 15 June 2001 in Shanghai (China) by the Republic of Kazakhstan, the People’s Republic of China, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Tajikistan and the Republic of Uzbekistan. Its prototype is the Shanghai Five mechanism.
The main goals of the SCO are strengthening mutual confidence and good-neighbourly relations among the member countries; promoting effective cooperation in politics, trade and economy, science and technology, culture as well as education, energy, transportation, tourism, environmental protection and other fields; making joint efforts to maintain and ensure peace, security and stability in the region, moving towards the establishment of a new, democratic, just and rational political and economic international order.
Proceeding from the Spirit of Shanghai the SCO pursues its internal policy based on the principles of mutual trust, mutual benefit, equal rights, consultations, respect for the diversity of cultures and aspiration towards common development, its external policy is conducted in accordance with the principles of non-alignment, non-targeting anyone and openness.
The Heads of State Council (HSC) is the highest decision-making body in the SCO. It meets once every year to take decisions and give instructions on all important issues of SCO activity. The Heads of Government Council (HGC) meets once every year to discuss a strategy for multilateral cooperation and priority directions within the Organisation’s framework, to solve some important and pressing issues of cooperation in economic and other areas as well as to adopt the Organisation’s annual budget. Besides sessions of the HSC and the HGC there are also mechanisms of meetings on the level of Speakers of Parliament, Secretaries of Security Councils, Foreign Ministers, Ministers of Defence, Emergency Relief, Economy, Transportation, Culture, Education, Healthcare, Heads of Law Enforcement Agencies, Supreme Courts and Courts of Arbitration, Prosecutors General. The Council of National Coordinators of SCO Member States (CNC) is in charge of coordinating interaction within the SCO framework. The Organisation has two permanent bodies – the Secretariat in Beijing and the Regional Counter-Terrorism Structure in Tashkent. SCO Secretary-General and RCTS Executive Committee Director are appointed by the HSC for a period of three years. From 01 January 2013 these posts are held by Dmitry F.Mezentsev (Russia) and Zhang Xinfeng (China) respectively.
The SCO member states occupy a territory of around 30 million 189 thousand square kilometers, which makes up three fifths of the Eurasian continent, and have a population of 1.5 billion, which makes up a quarter of the planet’s population.