Scouting and the United Nations

Rome, 22 April 2005 – In the prestigious surroundings of Rome’s Capitol, the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) signed a memorandum of understanding with the United Nations’ Millennium Campaign.

The agreement establishes a programme between World Scouting and the United Nations aimed at helping young people to become more aware of development issues. On the same occasion, WOSM officially launched its “Youth of the World” campaign.

“World Scouting has a global responsibility to help meet human development challenges through grass-roots action,” said Dr. Marie-Louise Correa, Chairman of the World Scout Committee.

She opened the signing ceremony in the presence of His Majesty The King Sweden, Honorary Chairman of the World Scout Foundation, and Mr. Walter Veltroni, the Mayor of Rome.

Dr. Correa told the audience of 100 Scouting representatives from 30 countries, “the main challenge is to ensure that globalization is positive and just. As Scouts or as adult volunteers in the Scout Movement, we are all capable of responding to this appeal in our communities”.

The United Nations was represented by Ms. Eveline Herfkens, Executive Coordinator of the Millenium Campaign, who pointed out that “Scouts are trying to make the impossible possible, while it is often impossible to make the possible possible”. Dr. Eduardo Missoni, WOSM’s Secretary General, co-signed the agreement. He also offered a special medallion, “Bulgari for Scouting”, to Mayor Veltroni.

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