World Scouting and UN Environment renew their partnership on environmental education, protection

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08 FEB 2018, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) and UN Environment are renewing their partnership on the environment, in recognition of the enormous challenges facing our planet, and the important role of young people in creating a more sustainable world.

The partnership comes as both parties mark 10years since the launch of the World Scout Environment Programme (WSEP) in 2008. Scouts across the globe have completed thousands of environment-related projects under the WSEP, including coral reef conservation in Indonesia and raising awareness about hot environments in an era of climate change in Morocco, earning the World Scout Environment Badge in recognition of their learning and commitment to the natural world.

The Secretary-General of World Scouting, Ahmad Alhendawi, and the Executive Director of UN Environment, Erik Solheim, signed the Memorandum of Understanding on further collaboration on the sidelines of the 9th session of the World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur.

Tackling plastic marine litter will be a priority of the partnership, with Scouts around the world encouraged to undertake projects that will help address the multi-dimensional threats facing the marine environment throughout the world, as part of the UN’s Clean Seas campaign.

It will also include the development of educational materials on Disaster Risk Reduction for children and young people. UN Environment will also help ensure the WSEP aligns with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, the latest environmental research and best practice in youth-led community sustainability projects.

“World Scouting’s focus on the environment not only reflects the Movement’s own values and its goal of creating active citizens, but also its commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals, and to strengthening our World Scout Environment Programme to create a bigger impact,” said World Scouting’s Alhendawi.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: The World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) and UN Environment are renewing their partnership on the environment, in recognition of the enormous challenges facing our planet, and the important role of young people in creating a more sustainable world.

The partnership comes as both parties mark 10years since the launch of the World Scout Environment Programme (WSEP) in 2008. Scouts across the globe have completed thousands of environment-related projects under the WSEP, including coral reef conservation in Indonesia and raising awareness about hot environments in an era of climate change in Morocco, earning the World Scout Environment Badge in recognition of their learning and commitment to the natural world.

The Secretary-General of World Scouting, Ahmad Alhendawi, and the Executive Director of UN Environment, Erik Solheim, signed the Memorandum of Understanding on further collaboration on the sidelines of the 9th session of the World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur.

Tackling plastic marine litter will be a priority of the partnership, with Scouts around the world encouraged to undertake projects that will help address the multi-dimensional threats facing the marine environment throughout the world, as part of the UN’s Clean Seas campaign.

It will also include the development of educational materials on Disaster Risk Reduction for children and young people. UN Environment will also help ensure the WSEP aligns with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, the latest environmental research and best practice in youth-led community sustainability projects.

“World Scouting’s focus on the environment not only reflects the Movement’s own values and its goal of creating active citizens, but also its commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals, and to strengthening our World Scout Environment Programme to create a bigger impact,” said World Scouting’s Alhendawi.

Source: 
UN Environment