Scouts in Asia-Pacific dedicate one week to the SDGs
As we mark the five year anniversary of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) this September, the Asia-Pacific Scout Region has launched a webinar series dedicated to the SDGs under World Scouting’s Scouts for SDGs initiative, to raise awareness among Scouts and National Scout Organizations to mobilize them in taking different actions towards the SDGs. The series, called “Shaping Peace Together” is also way to celebrate the International Day of Peace which falls on 21 September.
The series of six webinars will run from 12-20 September 2020 and will each be broadcasted live on the Scouting in Asia-Pacific Facebook page. The webinar series is expected to reach more than 400 Scouts via Zoom and thousands of Scouts on Facebook live-streaming.
Launched in 2018, Scouts for SDGs is World Scouting’s flagship initiative with partner Alwaleed Philanthropies, as a commitment to make the largest coordinated youth contribution to the SDGs and Agenda 2030. Since then, Scouts of all ages, around the world have been mobilizing around Scouts for SDGs as they lead inspirational community service projects to act for the environment, equality, education, poverty and more.
“Scouts around the globe have been instrumental in serving their communities, no matter how tiny it is, yet they are making a difference. Most of the time, Scouts knowingly or unknowingly had been making contributions towards former MDGs, now known as the SDGs,” said Prassanna Shrivastava, coordinating the webinars.
“We hope that as a result of these webinars, Scouts and Scout Leaders will have a better understanding of each SDG and how they can continue to contribute, with clearer direction, passion and commitment.”
This webinar series aims to further explain each SDG through a 40-minute discussion with invited guests including WWF and Greenpeace. The webinars will further outline the Scouts for SDGs initiative, key competencies for sustainable development, explore the concepts behind a culture of peace, and identify Scout actions in one’s daily life that contribute to the SDGs. The webinar series also aims to share accomplishments, experiences and best practices of Scouts.
“Scouts for SDGs is more than just a campaign or promise, it’s a systematic effort to leverage Scouting’s Youth Programme and initiatives under the Better World Framework, including Messengers of Peace, to raise awareness and take action for the SDGs,” said Erwin Samuel Ramli, the project lead of the webinar series, “in this webinar series, we will learn more about Scout for SDGs. We can understand how to contribute in supporting the SDG which is very impactful for our future. We can inspire other young people out there with the way Scouts do great things to create a better world.”