Portuguese Scouts Launch Sustainable Development Goals Exhibition Open until 2030
Over the years Scouting has made an extraordinary contribution to improve the sustainability of our planet, promote peace, and tackle inequality. Scouts all over the world have contributed countless hours of volunteering to support their communities towards sustainable development.
On a globla level, millions of Scouts have been involved in Scouts for SDGs, an initiative launched by World Scouting and commits to making the largest youth contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
The Portuguese Scouts are taking this commitment to the next level by inaugurating an open SDGs exhibition that is expected to run untill 2030.
Corpo Nacional de Escutas (CNE) is the biggest youth association in Portugal, counting more than 70.000 members. Through its national SDGs-focused strategy “Compromise 2030”, it has mobilised and sensitised more than 10.000 Portuguese Scouts since 2018.
On November 3rd, they inaugurated an open exhibition under the name ‘Scouting and the Sustainable Development Goals’ in collaboration with the UN Regional Information Centre for Western Europe (UNRIC) and the CNE’s Museum.
Joana Bacelar, the coordinator of the National SDGs department, has played an active role in steering this initiative toward success:
“There are no words to describe the feeling of happiness to launch this amazing initiative, especially in collaboration with the United Nations, an organization that means so much to as Scouts as we strive for a fairer, more peaceful and sustainable world," said Bacelar.
Given the current pandemic restrictions, the exhibition launch ceremony took place online and was attended by over 100 participants who also enjoyed a virtual guided tour.
The exhibition is set to run untill 2030, a symbolic year for the fulfilment of the SDGs. Scouts from all over the country will be able to visit in groups and spend time navigating the three main sections of the exhibition: An SDGs treasure hunt, a walking tour through the 17 SDGs canvasses that promote a Scout project per SDG and lastly a vast range of interactive and gamified learning opportunities. The exhibition also includes a number of art pieces that have been created by two local artists, based on recycled objects.
This exhibition is one of the many initiatives within the “Compromise 2030” strategy of CNE. The strategy aims to mobilize and sensitize children and young people to the importance of the SDGs and the challenges of the future.
"It has been a pleasure for us for the last two years to be able to build the Compromise 2030 programme together and specially to train so many children, youngsters and adults about the SDGs and therefore set them on a path to create positive difference in their local communities," she concluded.