Global Development Village Kickoff Meeting in New York
The Moot organisers and the World Scout Bureau jointly hosted a kickoff meeting on 17 September for all partner organisations of World Scouting, especially those based in New York and nearby areas, in order to share information about the plans and preparations for the Global Development Village of the Moot. Over 20 partner organisations and UN Agencies were present at this meeting, the first of its kind organised in New York by World Scouting. Traditionally, such meetings to support the GDVs (particularly those related to the World Scout Jamborees) were held in Geneva where the World Scouting’s headquarters are located. The fact that the next Moot will be held in Canada (proximity to New York) and that the World Scout Bureau has strengthened its relations with New York based external partners and UN Agencies in recent months, helped organise this meeting successfully.
The Global Development Village, or the GDV, will be a central element of the Moot’s Programme, especially since Rover Scouting is centred on the notion of ‘Service’. It will give participating Rover Scouts the opportunity to meet United Nations agencies, NGOs, National Scout Organizations engaging in development issues and other partners through workshops, interactive stands and special activities, which are built around the critical issues affecting today’s world. Thanks to the activities offered by these partners, the GDV will help increase participants’ awareness on critical issues concerning the world, equip them and strengthen their commitment aiming at resolving them, so that they can become agents of change in their respective communities when they return to their homes from the Moot. The Moot’s GDV will offer around 20 workshops around three key themes with several specific sub-topics under each of them. The three themes for the Moot’s GDV are: Human beings and their environment; Human beings and themselves; and Human beings and other human beings. These themes will serve as guidelines for the partners, and will help participants select their workshops.
The World Scouting team at the meeting included Mr. John Neysmith (member of the World Scout Committee), a Moot organization representative and World Scout Bureau staff in charge of external relations. Ms. Corrine Woods, Director of the United Nations Millennium Campaign (UNMC), responsible for coordinating UN efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) spoke at the meeting, emphasising the importance of organisations & agencies working on development issues to engage with youth organisations such as Scouting and in particular to be present at the World Scout Moot’s GDV in Canada next year.