On day 1 we officially , connecting over 2,300 participants in an innovative virtual experience that will “Bridge the World” for the next five days!
We welcomed the Chairperson of the World Scout Conference, Param Palany, and Vice-Chairpersons Djuna Bernard and Mohammad Omar who took us through the proceedings for the event. We marked the opening session by lighting a global campfire, symbolising the unity and strength of our Movement. Building on this moment, together we renewed our Scout Promise and showed our Scouting spirit from around the globe.
Voting and decision-making during the Conference
As you gathered virtually on the first day, we hope you had an opportunity to become more familiar with the and eVoting system as you engaged in the voting process to appoint the Resolutions Committee and team of Tellers to guide the decision-making process at the World Scout Conference.
Participants also had the chance to divide into breakout sessions and take part in discussions and ask questions about the Draft Resolutions and the Constitutional Amendment.
Growing stronger together as a united Movement
Looking back at the past triennium, we can see the many successes and tremendous progress our Movement has made towards realising the shared objectives of the 2017-2021 World Triennial Plan, and working towards achieving Vision 2023 as our Strategy for Scouting.
We heard from the Chairperson of the World Scout Committee, Craig Turpie and WOSM’s Secretary General, Ahmad Alhendawi, who took us on a journey to celebrate some of the major milestones and accomplishments of the last four years since the last World Scout Conference in Baku, Azerbaijan.
“We made remarkable progress in becoming the world’s leading educational youth movement. Over the triennium, our Movement stepped forward in extraordinary ways to demonstrate our collective strength, unity, resilience and impact,” said Craig Turpie, Chairperson of the World Scout Committee.
Good practices towards creating a better world
Day 1 also presented us with a number of workshops for National Scout Organizations (NSO) to share their experiences and good practices on a wide range of topics, including gender equality, COVID-19 response and recovery, and institutional fundraising, and more.
Scouts for SDGs workshops highlighted ways for NSOs to align their national Youth Programmes with the Sustainable Development Goals and be part of a global youth mobilisation effort towards peace and sustainable development.
And we heard from special guest Bear Grylls, Chief Ambassador of World Scouting who shared a message of hope to reach out to vulnerable communities and encourage more young people and volunteers to get involved in Scouting.
Watch the highlights from day 1 here:
Important deadlines to remember
Please remember the deadline to submit Amendments to and the , as well as the deadline to submit Draft is 26 August 2021 at 23:59 GMT.
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