The 12th World Scout Forum, themed “One Tree, Many Branches”, came to a close on 7 August. The four-day event challenged 185 youth participants from 75 countries to think and act beyond their comfort zones; it challenged them to think about the future they want for scouting, and how they can create a better world in their local communities.
Innovative thinking was prevalent in all the sessions of the Forum that revolved around “Our Movement, Our Community, Our Future”. Every single session - Society changes Scouts, Scouts changing Society, Individuals changing Scouts, Scouts changing Individuals – explored the current trends and interaction between the Scouting community and the society we live in.
During the Forum, the youth delegates were grouped into International teams for their daily activities. They also participated in drafting the resolutions and a final declaration as well as contributed, through amendments, to the Triennial Plan 2014-2017.
The Forum was privileged to have Ahmad Alhendawi, United Nations Envoy on Youth, as keynote speaker on global trends and youth. It was a pleasure to have Secretary General Scott Teare speak at the Closing Ceremony. The Forum was also fortunate to have João Armando Goncalves, member of the World Scout Committee, supporting the Forum throughout the four days and chairing the session on Intergenerational Dialogue.
Once again, we would like to thank the outgoing Youth Advisors -- Doina Postica (Moldova), Esben Holager (Denmark), Felipe de Paulo (Brazil), Sarah-Rita Kattan (Lebanon) and Vemund Ovesen (Norway) for their commitment and work during the 2011-2014 Triennium.
We would also like to take the opportunity to welcome the newly-elected Youth Advisors -- Daiana Neil (Argentina), Jeremy Apert (France), Luis Antonio Aguayo Miranda (Mexico), Maire Fitzgerald (Ireland), Maeed Mohamed Zahir (Maldives) and Montaser Hosny Abdelmaged (Egypt), who will be working alongside the World Scout Committtee in the 2014-2017 Triennium.
As One Tree, Many Branches, let’s continue to forge ahead in Creating a Better World.