APR participates in UN-Habitat’s assembly for young people
In the midst of the growing clamour of involving the youth in policymaking and ensure that young people have a stake in the society, the World Organization of the Scout Movement’s (WOSM) Asia-Pacific Region sent Mori Cheng, youth advisor to the World Scout Committee, to attend UN-Habitat’s Children and Youth Assembly to share how World Scouting is providing a space for young people to engage in meaningful exchanges on initiatives relating to the sustainable development goals.
Co-organised by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP), the UN Major Group for Children and Youth (UN MGCY) and the Malaysian Ministry of Housing and Local Government, the Children and Youth Assembly was held in Penang, Malaysia on 13-14 October 2019. The event gathered about 500 young people aged between 15 to 30 years old, comprising a mix of local participants from Penang and other Malaysian cities, and from Asia-Pacific countries.
Mori Cheng introduced Scouts for SDGs to the participants, World Scouting’s latest initiative for sustainable development, and how it is mobilising more than 50 million Scouts for the world’s largest coordinated youth contribution to the sustainable development goals.
“We did an interactive session that showed these young people that Scouting in not only limited to camps and games. We want to show them the extraordinary things that we are doing in Scouting. Through this engagement, we are sharing how World Scouting is providing opportunities to young people to participate in programmes, events, activities and projects that contribute to their growth as global active citizens,” said Cheng.
During the session, participants had the chance to discuss what they can do to contribute to the SDGs, starting from their local communities. Emphasis was placed on Goal No. 11, Sustainable Cities and Communities. Just as more than half of the world’s population are living in urban areas and the need to make sure that cities are safe, inclusive, and sustainable for everyone, especially for women, children and the disabled people, the session anchored on a “My Goal 11 To-Do List”, a set of actions that can be done by young people in their local communities lifted directly from World Scouting’s #Scouts4SDGs Hub, https://sdgs.scout.org.
Towards the end, the session focused on how youth should be prepared for 2030 by way of looking at what they need to build up in themselves to face the 2030 Agenda - capabilities, knowledge and attitude. The participants raised that in order to cope with the challenges that lie ahead, every young person must start by empowering oneself and to maintain a positive and proactive attitude towards changes.
Mori Cheng is from the Scout Association of Hong Kong and his participation was fully supported by the World Scout Bureau Asia-Pacific Support Centre. During the sessions, Nur Sharifah Nurul Atik binti Baharuddin of Persekutuan Pengakap Malaysia served as facilitator.