Brazil - Final day's business
David Morton, Network Member and member of the Board of Trustees give us the lowdown on the final day of the 39th World Scout Conference...
The main business of the final day was to debate and ultimately vote upon the resolutions of the 39th Conference proposed both by the World Scout Committee and by national delegations themselves. A whole host of issues were debated and resolved, from youth participation in both national and world Scouting to strengthening Scouting’s brand and profile (two issues close to my heart).
Subject to particularly strong debate was a motion regarding the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its place in World Scouting. In the end the motion was withdrawn by the proposing nation after disagreement among nations surrounding the issue of sexual orientation. Although this may seem very surprising to us in the UK, it served as a powerful illustration of the challenges we face being a world movement crossing so many different cultures and outlooks, whist continuing to strive for the best possible Scouting for all.
After lunch there was an opportunity for us to break into our respective regions, to discuss current topics in Europe such as the European Work Plan and ask questions of the European Scout Committee.
Bringing the conference to a close
Finally it was back to the closing plenary where we heard both from the outgoing chair of the World Scout Committee, and the newly elected chair Simon Rhee on his thoughts for World Scouting in the next triennium. A short but poignant closing ceremony followed which saw the ceremonial passing of the world scout flag from Brazil to the hosts of the 40th Conference, Slovenia.
A quick dash back to the hotel to get changed (into the kilt, in my case!) for the Farewell Dinner at what is said to be the world’s largest restaurant. Avid blog readers who remember the opening dinner will be unsurprised to learn we were unsure what to expect this time around. A rather eccentric mix of chicken wings and chips, chicken liver and pasta was on offer, along with music and dancing.
After dinner, the 'oldies' (except James) decided to call it a night, but the rest of us headed to a local Comedy Club to let our hair down with our new friends from around the world.
Sadly, all awesome events come to end, and now all that’s left is the long journey home...