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Shanghai Cooperation Organisation

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[Shanghai Cooperation Organisation flag]
image by Zoltan Horvath, 22 February 2011

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About the flag

The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation is a permanent intergovernmental international organisation proclaimed in Shanghai on June 15, 2001 by six countries - People's Republic of China, Russian Federation, Republic of Kazakhstan, Republic of Kyrgyzstan, Republic of Tajikistan and Republic of Uzbekistan. It was established on the basis of the "Shanghai Five" mechanism."

The other four member states notwithstanding, the SCO is in practice basically a Sino-Russian bilateral body, dedicated to promoting joint political positions and coordinating military activities. Their flag is the organization's seal on a white field; a scan of the site suggests it was probably adopted sometime between September 2001 and January 2002, based on when it began appearing in the background in summit photos. The logo is available at; it is a greenish disc containing a blue stylized globe with the outlined territories of the member states appearing in its upper half and with with 3 latitudinal and longitudinal lines showing, and its bottom half elided into the shape of three waves. The globe is surrounded by a green wreath and the organization's name in Russian [Шанхайская организация сотрудничества] and Chinese [上海合作组织, I think], below and above respectively.
Eugene Ipavec, 13 July 2006

First flag from left to right in the following picture .
Esteban Rivera, 06 December 2013

Variants of Flag

[Shanghai Cooperation Organisation flag]
image by Eugene Ipavec, 13 July 2006


[Shanghai Cooperation Organisation flag]
image by Eugene Ipavec, 30 August 2008

I also spotted a variant flag of this organization yesterday as well on Cable Noticias ( ) a Colombian news channel. The flag was on display at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit 2008 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.
It is the logo on a light blue background, very similar shade of blue, similar to the Kazakhstan blue on its flag.
Esteban Rivera, 29 August 2008

I have noticed that SCO flag is slightly different than flag image available. The emblem has no light blue background on the disc, and its size seems to be a bit larger.
Image of flag:
Zoltan Horvath, 22 February 2011