Address of the World Scout Committee Chair at the 40th World Scout Conference, Ljubljana (delivered on 15th August 2015)
Extract (full text below):
All of us, the participants of the 40th World Scout Conference here in Slovenia, have been direct contributors towards the dawn of a new era that WOSM is entering into:
• We now have a new Strategy for the next 9 years and a Triennial Plan for 2014-2017. They have been designed and enriched with a positive and constructive spirit which I personally felt was lacking in WOSM for some time
• You also have a new World Scout Committee, a new group of Youth Advisors and a restructured World Scout Bureau
It is like a fresh start; a fantastic opportunity to push this Movement forward.
A collective adventure that can make us impact the lives of millions and millions of young people, the future of their communities, and the world at large.
A collective adventure to which, each one of us is called, regardless of age, origin, creed or gender.
A collective adventure to be experienced and lived in a constructive and positive way.
I invite you to join your World Scout Committee in this endeavour.
Count on us to give our best. We’ll be counting on you.
João Armando Gonçalves
Chairman, World Scout Committee, 2014-‐2017