Withdrawal of Azerbaijan as bidder to host the World Scout Moot in 2025

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World Scout Bureau Global Support Centre, Kuala Lumpur from Worldwide

Dear friends, 

Following Circular 23/2018 requesting expressions of interest to host the World Scout Moot in 2025, and the subsequent review and due diligence by the World Scout Bureau, it was announced through Circular 32/2019 that the World Scout Committee had accepted Azerbaycan Skautlar Associasiyasi (ASA) to present a bid at the 42nd World Scout Conference. 

ASA has enjoyed a very strong partnership with different governmental entities of Azerbaijan and conducted positive meetings with its Ministry of Youth and Sport since the beginning of their campaign. ASA was also progressing with a plan to sign a Memorandum of Understanding in early 2020 to acquire government support for their bid.

However, due to the sudden ill health and urgent hospitalisation of the Minister of Youth and Sport, the signing was postponed indefinitely. Subsequently, the National Scout Organization (NSO) of Azerbaijan regrets to have learned that Mr Azad Rahimov, Minister of Youth and Sport, and a strong supporter of Scouting, passed away in the spring of 2021. While the NSO hoped to continue the existing collaboration with the Ministry for its bid to host the Moot in 2025, the position of Minister has unfortunately remained vacant to date.

ASA informed WOSM that in order to achieve its vision of a high-quality educational and international event for Rovers in Azerbaijan, government support from the relevant entities is essential. As a consequence, ASA has decided to withdraw its bid to host the World Scout Moot in 2025 and looks forward to future opportunities to bid for a World Scout Moot.

Conference Document 3 and the Conference Agenda will be updated to reflect the withdrawal of Azerbaijan. Federação Escutista de Portugal now becomes the sole bidder to host the World Scout Moot in 2025. If you have any further questions, please contact Jacob Murray, Director, World Events at the World Scout Bureau at jmurray@scout.org


Yours in Scouting,


Ahmad Alhendawi

Secretary General

World Organization of the Scout Movement


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