World Scouting was represented at the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (20-22 June 2012) in Rio de Janeiro Brazil with 18 members, 12 of them being young representatives under the age of 26 years. The Delegation had representatives from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, France, Mexico and the United States of America. World Scouting’s presence at Rio+20 was prepared with reference to the 39th World Scout Conference’s Resolution 10/2011 on Advocacy for World Scouting, which builds on Recommendation M from the 11th World Scout Youth Forum on Representing World Scouting.
The Alcoa Foundation and the World Organization for Scout Movement have announced a joint program promoting sustainability awareness through a worldwide environmental educational Scouting program. The program will be initially rolled out in five European countries, and will be funded by a two-year $205,000 grant from the Alcoa Foundation. Key components of this project will be featured at the 21st World Scout Jamboree scheduled to take place in the UK from July 27 to August 8.
Pikeo is a free photo sharing website and an online community platform powered by Orange. Registered users can share their photos with either the community of users or only their friends and family, and they can also add comments. Visitors will discover photos using a search engine or a map of the world with geo-tagged pictures, and by following a network of contacts, tags, and personal spaces.
The Volvo Adventure - in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme - is an educational programme that rewards environmental activities and the decision-makers of the future. To enter, you form a team of 2 to 5 members aged 13 to 16 (at competition opening - July 1st 2011). Perform an environmental project in your local community & submit the project via our online submission tool before the competition deadline, January 31st 2012.
Projects are judged and the best projects are selected for an all expenses paid trip to Göteborg, Sweden where they can win: 1st place = 10,000 USD, 2nd = 6,000 USD and 3rd = 4,000 USD.
See the registration details and guidelines for more information from: www.volvoadventure.org
World Community Grid's mission is to create the world's largest public computing grid to tackle projects that benefit humanity.
World Community Grid's success depends upon a massive volunteer force collectively contributing their unused computer time to accelerate research on humanitarian issues. Their partners include companies, universities and associations who are actively encouraging their employees, students, and members to join this vital effort. World Scouting has become a partner of World Community Grid, joining the IBM Corporation and a group of more than 340 companies, associations, foundations, non-profits and academic institutions.
Scouting does not exist in isolation; it is part of the community and it needs to work in partnership with others, from individuals to organizations and institutions at local, national and world levels' (The Strategy for Scouting).
"More than ever before, we need men and women capable of acting in partnership for a world 'without borders', in the name of justice, solidarity and peace." Robert Baden-Powell, Aids to Scoutmastership 1919
The Charter states that 'development education (including peace education) and community involvement need to be integrated into the youth programme, particularly through the progressive training scheme'. Here are some initiatives at world and national levels which support the programme aspect of the Charter.
For many young people participating in an exchange programme is a life-changing experience. Travelling to another country, sharing the day-to-day life with another group of young people and experiencing another culture are milestone events. Scouting has the opportunity to offer exchanges to young people and the challenge to make them quality and meaningful experiences.
On the other hand, capacity building in the Scout organizations should be a key dimension of partnerships, especially in the area of adult resources. This can happen through leader exchanges, leader training and volunteer services.
Partnerships: Material & Financial Resources
The success of a partnership depends partly on the ability of both parties to secure the necessary material and financial resources. However the financial dimension should not be the only motivation for the partnership. Partnerships should enable associations to gain access to different kinds of funding in order to guarantee their autonomy by generating their own funds, which will multiply their possibilities for action.
Partnerships: Multilateral Partnerships
Partnerships: Emergency Relief
Partnership in the time of emergency, whatever the kind of emergency, is one of the most important types of partnership. This type of partnership shows the real humanitarian perspective of the partners. The emergency relief partnerships resources are so many, you can find so many information through surfing the internet.
After an agreement has been reached between the partners, documents should be written to describe the various points of the agreement, which constitute concrete guidelines for them to follow.
The Conference of NGOs in consultative relations with the UN (CONGO) is an independent, international, not-for-profit membership association of nongovernmental organisations that facilitates the participation of NGOs in United Nations debates and decisions.
The International Alliance Against Hunger (IAAH) is a global partnership that aims to fulfill the World Food Summit and the Millennium Development Goals: the elimination of world hunger.
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) is the United Nations' specialised agency for labour issues.
The UN Millennium Campaign informs, inspires and encourages people’s involvement and action for the realization of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). An initiative of the United Nations, the Campaign supports citizens’ efforts to hold their government accountable for the Millennium promise.
The UN Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) brings together the efforts and resources of ten UN system organizations to help the world prevent new HIV infections, care for those already infected, and mitigate the impact of the epidemic.
The Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat (UN-DESA) coordinates global policies in the economic, social and environmental spheres and the corresponding national action.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN's global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life.
The UN Environment Programme provides leadership and encourages partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.
The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) promotes peace by encouraging international cooperation among its members states in the fields of education, science, culture and communication.
The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) is an international development agency that promotes the right of every woman, man and child to enjoy a life of health and equal opportunity.
The UN Human Settlements Programme is the United Nations agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all.
The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) provides developmental assistance to children and their families by focusing on the following areas: Child Survival and Development, Basic Education and Gender Equality, HIV/AIDS, Child Protection and Policy Advocacy and Partnerships.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) is the United Nations' specialized agency for health. The WHO's objective is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health. Health is defined in WHO's Constitution as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
The objective of the World Bank Group is to fight poverty and improve the standard of living for people belonging to developing nations.
The YEN, with its Secretariat based in Geneva, is a global partnership under the leadership of the United Nations, the World Bank and the ILO. The catalyst for its development was the UN Millennium Declaration, which resolved to "develop and implement strategies that give young people everywhere a real chance to find decent and productive work.”
The Council of Europe (CoE) is one of Europe's oldest political institutions, consisting of forty six member states.
The Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) is an international organisation of French speaking governments and states.
The Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) is an organisation inside the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.
The German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) pursues initiatives in sustainable development.
The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) is a Swedish government agency that focuses on providing technical assistance and funding all over the world.
World Scouting together with the other world-wide youth organisations form the Alliance of Youth CEOs.
The Alliance celebrated its 10 year anniversary with a joint meeting at the International Federation Secretariat in Geneva in June 2006.
The International Coordination Meeting of Youth Organizations (ICMYO) is an informal network of membership-based, democratic, representative and accountable International Youth NGOs (INGYOs) and Regional Youth Platforms (RYPs).
The International Council on National Youth Policy (ICNYP) is an international non-profit organization of an intergovernmental, non-governmental and expert nature dedicated to national youth policy. ICNYP began as a follow-up to the the 1998 World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth in Lisbon. The objectives of ICNYP are:
A Limpiar el Mundo es una de las mayores campañas ecológicas del mundo de carácter comunitario. La Organización Mundial del Movimiento Scout (WOSM) participa como Aliada de A Limpiar el Mundo desde 2008.
Realizada en conjunción con el Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Medio Ambiente (PNUMA), se estima que alrededor de 35 millones de voluntarios de 120 países participan cada año, incluidas muchas Organizaciones Nacionales de Scouts (NSOs).
AHM is an organization whose main purpose is to fight leprosy, from both medical and social aspects. It has been AHM's policy for the last three decades to promote Leprosy Awareness and arouse the interest of the public.
Amnesty International (AI) is a worldwide movement that campaigns for internationally recognized human rights.
Habitat for Humanity International, or Habitat, is an international Christian organisation dedicated to providing “simple, decent and affordable” housing.
Handicap International (HI) is a global, non profit organisation that aims to help disabled people, especially in areas affected by war and poverty.
The International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR) is an international faith based organisation that strives for peace and non-violence. The aftermath of WWI was the impetus for its creation and IFOR has consistently advocated against war since its inception.
As head of the Olympic Movement, The International Olympic Committee (IOC) aims to promote Olympism throughout the world. Olympism is a life philosophy, stressing a balance between body, will and mind.
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is the world's largest humanitarian network, with around 97 million members and volunteers and a presence and activities in almost every country.
The Rotary International (RI) is an international service organisation that aims to create peace and goodwill around the world and to encourage high ethical standard among its members.
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), formerly the World Wildlife Fund, is a global environmental conservation organisation.
The International Link of Orthodox Scouts (DESMOS) was born in June 1997, at the holy site of the Penteli Monastery in Athens, Greece. Its founding expressed our a sincere desire to contribute to the spiritual development of Orthodox Christian Scouts, by helping then to sense the importance of Duty to God and to understand the essentials of B-P's original spiritual vision.
The International Catholics Conference of Scouting [ICCS] seeks to bridge the “worlds” of Catholicism and Scouting both spiritually and practically so that all its members can contribute to the improvement and the transformation of the society in which we live.
The International Union of Muslim Scouts (IUMS) is an autonomous organisation with Scout bodies and associations representing Muslim Scouts all over the world.
The Council of Protestants in Guiding and Scouting (CPGS) is a link of confessional Protestant Guide and Scout associations and of Pastoral Protestant committees. The CPGS' understanding of Protestantism is based on the definition of the World Council of Churches (WCC).
The International Forum of Jewish Scouts (IFJS) an autonomous body of Jewish Scouts, who belong to National Member Organisations of the WOSM. Its purpose is to provide an ideal place for dialogue, exchanges and proposals between Jewish Scouts from all over the world.
The World Buddhist Scout Brotherhood (WBSB) began as a means to facilitate religious activities among Buddhist Scouts.
The World Scout Interreligious Forum first started its work informally in 1997 in preparation for the World Scout Jamboree in Chile in 1999. The Forum continues to grow and aims to group together all the religions and beliefs represented in Scouting.
The International Scout and Guide Fellowship (ISGF) is a worldwide organisation for adults in support of Scouting and Guiding and who want to strengthen the dialogue between communities through community-oriented projects worldwide.