27th Interamerican Scout Conference
At the same time with the work initiated by 27th Interamerican Scout Conference, that started the on Novemeber 27th in various rooms of Hotel Hard Rock Café withim the Megapolis-Convention center in Panama city, held the subregional meetings for Central America, Andean, South Cone and the Caribbean, as well as a number of workshops on the communication strategy, GSAT, strategic planning, fees and funding, SDGS, gender equality, language, and adults for growth.
At the 19:00, 260 representatives from 30 countries of the Interamerican region and various members of the World Scout organisation met in the main lobby of the venue, and started the labour of the maximun govenance bodie of the Region. The event began with a parade in which Panamanian scouts presented the national flags of the member countries of the Interamerican region in a very honorable manner. The official inauguration was held by the chairperson of the Interamerican Scout Committee, Ricardo Stuber of Brazil, accompanied by the Vice-Mayor of Panama City, Raisa Banfield, and the top World Scout authorities: Ahmad Alhendawi, Secretary General of the World Organization of the Scout Movement; Craig Turpie, Chairperson of the World Scout Committee; and Raúl Arturo Sánchez Vaca, director of the Interamerican Scout Region.
During his welcome message, Ricardo Stuber made a call of union, the best decision making process and to work hard for the benefit of the seven million young people and adults, men and women, who are part of the 34 national scout organizations located in the same number of countries and territories of the Americas. Raisa Banfield, for her part, said that in her youth she had the desire to be a scout and that she has always supported young people for being convinced of their great potential.
Then, Ahmad Alhendawi talk about Vision 2023, which is the commitment to accelerate the growth of the scout movement, deepen its impact and unity, and increase its global influence; he argued that there is a time of great challenges and threats to the planet and the rights and dignity of people, where more and more young people feel that they have fallen behind; therefore, they must feed their awareness that knowledge is the tool to unlock their massive potential, to achieve peace and prosperity throughout the world. He concluded that this has been what Scouting has been advocating for over 110 years, and will continue to aspire to do so; he also mentioned that today, World Scouting celebrates diversity and inclusion for all, in all ages, all origins and all spheres of life.
For his side, Craig Turpie shared some reflections on the importance of the scout movement's mission, and reported on the progress made in implementing the strategy Vision 2023: he mentioned that everyone present was here because they give time and energy to a movement in which they believe and transforms the lives of young people, families, communities, villages, towns and cities in Interamerica and the rest of the world. Their presence at this conference is because they know the power of the Scouting in creating a better world, the leading educational youth movement in the world.
He also mentioned that when we look at what is happening in the world around us, it helps us understand why the Scout Movement is needed more than ever; and that is when we can appreciate that our mission as a movement has never been more critical, especially when we see the evils that afflict the world, and that as scouts we feel the urge to do things right, in addition to being prepared, trained and ready to act. From the impact of natural disasters and climate change, terrorism and other conflicts, to intolerance and inequality; from poverty to sustainability, in addition to health, well-being, education and employment, scouts know what needs to get done.
He praised the scout presence at the General Assembly of the United Nations Organization, where, through its secretary-general, more than one billion hours of Service were given away and the promise of many more. The World Organization of the Scout Movement, together with the UN Women and the #HeForShe campaign, are doing important work focused on gender equality. And he mentioned the launch of the Scouts initiative for SDGs, where our new chief ambassador for the World scout movement, Bear Grylls, announced the mobilization of the Scouting to achieve the 17 global goals established by our organization.
Craig Turpie concluded by saying, " Let me take this opportunity, on behalf of the World Scout Committee, to thank the entire Interamerican Scout region for the work it has done to bring us closer to Vision 2023, and for the ambitious plans it has to go even further in the future.”
The cultural part was in charge of the group “Gente, Ritmos y Costumbres” performing the dance of the dirty diablicos, dances of the province of Los Santos and the dance of the Devils mirrors, the dance of the point among others.
At the close of the activities, a dinner was offered to the participants Sponsored by the Interamerican Scout Foundation, where Héctor Robledo, chairperson of the World Scout Foundation, and Marcelo Guerra, president of the Interamerican Scout Foundation, took the floor to invite those present to continue supporting financially Scouting. In addition, the evening was used to award awards to the foundation's donors.
Alberto Rodríguez Luna, Mexican Volunteer