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Economic Cooperation Organization


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[Economic Cooperation Organization flag]
image by Zoltan Horvath, 14 November 2012

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[Economic Cooperation Organization flag]
variant flag with name of organization; image by Zachary Harden, 17 April 2022

Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO)

The Economic Cooperation Organization is an intergovernmental regional organization established in 1985 by Iran, Pakistan and Turkey for the purpose of promoting economic, technical and cultural cooperation among the member states. It was the successor organisation of what was the Regional Cooperation for Development (RCD), founded in 1962, which ended activities in 1979. In the fall of 1992, the ECO expanded to include seven new members, namely Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrghyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
The Economic Cooperation Organisation Trade Agreement (ECOTA) was signed on 17 July 2003 in Islamabad.
Ben Cahoon, 15 November 2008

Following RCD's transformation into ECO , and its later enlargement and growth to ten Member States, it has since assumed a special role as a viable regional organization, bringing together the ten states of the region, with common culture and shared history located in one of the most strategic areas of the globe. It was against these backgrounds that the need for the revival of the former Cultural RCD was felt following the expansion of ECO from a trilateral entity (Iran, Pakistan, Turkey) into a major regional organization. Revival of the Cultural Institute was visualized in Article II of the Treaty of Izmir, with the objective; " To consolidate cultural affinities and spiritual and fraternal ties that bind the people of the Member States through social and cultural channels of thought and action". The formal endorsement of the revival of the Cultural Institute under its present name was finally manifested through the signing of its Charter at the Third ECO Summit Meeting held at Islamabad on 14-15 March 1995 and Tehran was selected as its Headquarters. (Source)
Esteban Rivera, 03 March 2022

The Flag

The ECO flag can be seen in the following picture (second flag from left to right) during one of their meetings:
Source:  (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran)
And also, the third flag from left to right seems unknown to me. Other pictures of the same meeting can be seen here: Image 1, Image 2, and Image 3.
For additional information please go to: ECO (official website).
Esteban Rivera, 16 October 2012

The third flag is of Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
Zoltan Horvath, 14 November 2012

A World Without Terrorism

[A World Without Terrorism flag]
image by Zoltan Horvath, 14 November 2012

In the above mentioned picture one can also see the flag of the "A World Without Terrorism" (first flag from left to right), which seems to be an initiative of this ECO group.
Esteban Rivera, 16 October 2012

A World Without Terrorism conference flag is also white with its logo.
Zoltan Horvath, 14 November 2012

ECO Cultural Institute

image by Zachary Harden, 17 April 2022

The ECO Cultural Institute (ECI) is affiliated with the ECO and has the aim of fostering understanding and the preservation of the rich cultural heritage of its members through common projects in the field of the media, literature, art, philosophy, sport and education. (Source) The flag is a white horizontal background with the logo in the middle. There is also a variant with the logo without text used on a white background.
Esteban Rivera, 03 March 2022 and Zachary Harden, 17 April 2022