WOSM Delegation to UN Climate Change Conference (COP22)
A Delegation of six Scouts will represent WOSM at the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC, from 7-18 November 2016, Marrakech, Morocco. So Scouting will have a strong voice during the United Nations Conference on Climate Change!
COP22 is presented as “the COP of Action”. It will focus on action items in order to achieve the priorities of The Paris Agreement, especially related to adaptation, transparency, technology transfer, mitigation, capacity building and loss and damages. Signatories to The Paris Agreement now have to develop their National Adaptation Plans and to commit strongly to fight global warming.
Our team of young people from across the world will be representing World Scouting at meetings and side events of COP22. Topics will range across education, youth participation, volunteering, intergenerational dialogue and equity, and climate justice. They will also participate in youth-led events and workshops which will take place with a continuous stream of creative activities that prove young people are key players in reaching innovative and ambitious solutions to climate change.
After much deliberation, we have selected six passionate and experienced young people who will make Scouts' voices heard. We are delighted to introduce our representatives to COP22 :
Quintin Combrink (South Africa)
Head of Delegation - Troop Scouter, Chairperson of International Committee
Quintin is a commerce and postgraduate law alumnus who created impact on Scouting at many levels since he joined the Movement in his childhood. He brings with him a wide range of experience and depth of knowledge in the field of climate change and sustainable environment. Quintin served as an elected member of his National Scout Council for a period of five years and has represented both his National Scout Organization and the World Organization of the Scout Movement at several Scouting and United Nations events, including the United Nations General Assembly 2011 and two previous COPs.
Follow Quintin on Twitter to see what events he goes to! @Quintin_COP22
Reagan McKinney (Canada)
Beaver Scout Leader, Youth Spokesperson, Deputy Council Youth Commissioner
Inspired by her outdoor education and global perspective built through her years of Scouting, Reagan has fueled a passion for youth voice, climate issues and environmental education. She is an active youth advocate for environmental education and action, working closely with peers to promote environmental education. Reagan presented recommendations from thousands of youth to her Provincial Government and other key stakeholders, that focused on implementing a more sustainable approach to environmental and climate change education within the current schooling curriculum, through the use of both traditional and experiential learning.
Follow Reagan on Twitter to see the events she goes to! @reagie_weagie
Fabien Baudelet (France)
Scout member of Scouts et Guides de France
After recently graduating in political sciences and international governance, Fabien works as a trainee at the European Commission on Energy policy issues, where he further explores his passion for renewables, sustainability and climate negotiations. He joined the Scout Movement in his childhood, then evolved within the organization, becoming Chief Scout in his local troop and an intercultural teamer within the French-German Scout Committee. These opportunities offered him experience in the fields of non-formal and environmental education, youth empowerment, advocacy and value-based leadership. Fabien was the Head of WOSM delegation to COP21 in Paris last year.
Follow Fabien on Twitter to see the events he goes to! @FabienBaudelet
Saleh Gamaly (Egypt)
Scout Leader, Egyptian Scout Federation
Saleh has a vast experience in activities based on non-formal education. This is reinforced by years of practice within Scouting at the grassroots level, and through his professional path as a coach for career planning. He actively participated and co-organized youth activities in Egypt that helped young men and women to qualify and enter the job market. He spent a year in USA, where he co-organised many cultural events addressing topics such as Islam, Muslim and Arab Scouts and supporting the principles of global citizenship. In Egypt, Saleh co-led tree planting projects at his workplace and in his local scout troop - providing practical education to encourage youth to engage in environment protection.
Follow Saleh on Twitter to see the events he goes to! @SFGamaly
Samuel Hsien-Ming Khoo (Malaysia)
District Rover Council Chairman
Samuel is particularly passionate about the environment and climate change. His passion is reflected both in his work and in his Scouting activities. He works with his Rover team to build a 100% sustainable Scout Den in their Scout Troop. Outside Scouting, Samuel leads environmental projects in his college and conducts some climate information campaigns. Samuel raises awareness on climate issues among Malaysian young people, by taking action and bringing them together; implementing learning by doing activities in their communities. Samuel is keen on learning more about the environment and taking action to create a better world.
Follow Samuel on Twitter to see the events he goes to! @SamuelKhooScout
Alexandru Coica (Moldova)
Delegation Coordinator – Manager, External Relations, World Scout Bureau
Alexandru has an extensive experience as a civil society and youth advocate, starting off as a local youth volunteer in Moldova, and more recently working with international youth policy. He worked for the East Europe Foundation, with several grant programs related to youth participation, social entrepreneurship and non-discrimination. Since 2011, Alexandru has been a member of the Advisory Council on Youth of the Council of Europe, taking active part in designing participatory youth policies at the European level. Since 2015, he has been the Chair of the European Youth Forum’s Consultative Body on Membership Applications.
Follow Alexandru on Twitter to see the what he gets up to supporting our delegates! @SanduCoica