Background of World Scouting and CoPs
The World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM), as an accredited organisation with the United Nations (UN), is entitled to participate with delegations at different international conferences, although mostly with an observer status. In recent years, WOSM Delegations have had a strong presence at the CoP events of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Prior to Qatar, Scouts have been participating actively at the highest decision making body under the Climate Change Convention, among others, in Copenhagen, Denmark (2009), Cancun, Mexico (2010), and Durban, South Africa (2011).
On each of these occasions, WOSM delegations have been advocating effectively on behalf of the youth and future generations and have been urging the international community to leave the planet “a little better than they have found it”. At the CoPs, World Scouting has been playing an active role in various discussion groups and platforms for youth organisations such as through the International Coordination Meeting of Youth Organizations (ICMYO) and has been positively contributing to YOUNGO processes. YOUNGO is the official youth constituency at the UNFCCC.
Throughout the years, WOSM Delegations to CoPs have been effectively showcasing Scouting to representatives from the governments, Non-Governmental Organisations and Inter-Governmental Organisations, as the leading global Movement in non-formal education and youth-centred development committed to the cause of the environment and climate change issues.