The goal of Scouting and the United Nations has always been to create a better world. Both organisations work for peace, development, human rights, and education for young people. By working together, we can make our common dream of a better world come true.
The relationship between Scouting and the UN has a long history. Since the early days of the United Nations, Scouts at all levels have been involved in various programmes, initiatives and projects with different UN bodies. This is also part of the Strategy for Scouting.
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 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 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 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.”