Energetic Second Week for Scouts at the UN Climate Change Conference
Greetings from COP22 - WOSM Youth Delegates Saleh, Quintin and Samuel.
The second week of COP22 went so fast! We worked hard to promote Scouts' view on environmental issues, met a lot of people, had new experiences and also some fun.
While Quintin continued working on the Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) Working Group, Saleh joined the Mitigation Working Group and I, the Adaptation Working Group. Still focusing on the promotion of non-formal education and youth participation, we successfully contributed to the draft policy paper endorsed by YOUNGO (UNFCCC observer constituency of youth non-governmental organisations), which was subsequently acknowledged and taken for consideration by the UNFCCC Secretariat and some member states.
— Quintin Combrink (@Quintin_COP22) November 16, 2016
Our mornings started off with a YOUNGO coordination meeting. We took turns to represent WOSM at the 'daily spokes' to make sure that Scouts’ voice was heard, and we positively influenced the daily agenda of the youth organisations present at COP22.
ACE Working Group
Quintin represented the ACE Working Group during the YOUNGO press conference. He spoke about education, youth participation and empowerment, and capacity building.
— samuel khoo (@SamuelKhooScout) November 17, 2016
Saleh presented the Scouting Environmental Programmes (World Scout Environment Programme, Scout Centres of Excellence for Nature and Environment, and Scouts Go Solar) during a side event organised by the Moroccan Scout Federation in the Green Zone.
Intervention Working Group
Quintin, Saleh and I also joined the Intervention Working Group to help draft the speech on behalf of youth organisations for the closing ceremony of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA) and the YOUNGO working groups. Non-formal education, youth engagement and cooperation with youth organisations were some core key messages that were included in the final speech.
Drafting the closing speech for the Intervention team of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI)
National Federation of Moroccan Scouts
The Moroccan Scouts and WOSM delegates
We thank the National Federation of Moroccan Scouts and its representatives for their warm welcome and support. The Moroccan Scouts had an exhibition stand in the Green Zone (accessible to public audience) during the two weeks of COP22. They were fantastic ambassadors for the Scout Movement, showcasing the projects they have implement at national level, as well as explaining what Scouts are doing around the world in the areas of the environment and climate change.
During the side event organised by the Moroccan Scouts at the Youth Agora, they stressed the importance of environmental education. They are very active in this area in Morocco, with two successful national projects: Clean Beaches, which transformed many of the beaches on the northern coast, and Scouting Caravans on the Environment, which aims to raise awareness among communities around the country.
We were lucky to have experienced a lot in Marrakech. We participated in many side events, attended the signing of the border dispute agreement facilitated by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, listened to US Secretary of State John Kerry’s remarks for COP22, and met with various country delegates and negotiators. It was a full week, working on policy papers, speeches, presentations and side events, but we also had fun!
The Last Day of YOUNGO - Saleh and I attended the last YOUNGO meeting while Quintin was catching his flight back home.
Written by Samuel Khoo on behalf of the COP22 External Representative Team