UN and World Scouting: Shared Values, Shared Goals



The World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) in the Asia Pacific Region , in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Scout Association held a workshop on Environment Education for scout leaders, numbering to 48 internationals and 20 local scouts on 3rd October 2017 at the Paradise Hotel located in the picturesque site in Yapahuwa (in North Western Province), one of the ephemeral capitals of medieval Sri Lanka.
WOSM, being the largest international Scouting organization, has the consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social council (ECOSOC).
The UN and the Scouts share the same values.

The UN believes strongly in Scouting.
“Scouting teaches individual compassion and scouts make their society better for all “ – António Gutterres, UN Secretary General
Message of UN Secretary General to Scouting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zm8_L1NqZAE

The UN believes strongly in Scouting.
This partnership is a great opportunity to bring more sustainability to our planet.
3rd October 2017 – UNIC Colombo takes SDGs and YUNGA UN* to the Wokshop on Environment Education for Scout Leaders in the Asia-Pacific Region.

Cross section of the participants.

UNIC explained how the UN system is engaged in environmental protection in diverse ways, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) being the lead agency in this area.

Global Citizenship: UNIC while appreciating the sense of global solidarity that has been emerged by the scouts during their stay together stated that the spirit of global citizenship which makes, not a city, but a community.
Unity: It was heartening to learn by UNIC the spirit of unity of scouting spread by the participants during the period of their stay together. They were very much enthusiastic to learn about the SDGs and impressed with UNIC’s promotional items.

Peace: UNIC emphasized the fact that the subject of peace and peace education has been of constant concern for world scouting as it was for its founder , Lord Baden Powell. Since the inception of the Movement, Scouting has always been a peaceful and pacifying movement.
SDGs: The 17 Global Goals to be achieved by 2030 were discussed as the main segment of UNIC’s awareness programme.
Life below Water For more details, please visit www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals.
The former Chief Commissioner of SLSA, Professor Nimal de Silva is seen working on the SDG jigsaw puzzle.
*YOUNGA UN: Formed in 2009, the Youth and United Nations Global Alliance (YUNGA) is a partnership between United Nations agencies, civil society organizations and other entities that work with children and young people.
UNIC staff with a participant from Philippine.
UNIC Colombo is thankful to Mr. Dharshane Ranatunga of Sri Lanka Scouts Association for coordinating this event.