The World Conference has begun
11 July 2011
Today the World Conference formally began with a welcome from Margaret Treloar, World Board Chairman. She thanked Girlguiding UK, reflected on the last World Conference in South Africa, and wished delegates all the best for the week ahead.
|“It’s a privilege to be involved and to be the Chair during such an historically significant and exciting period, the centenary of international Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting, where we are celebrating 100 years of changing lives.” Margaret Treloar, World Board Chairman.|
The traditional ‘Roll Call’ then took place, led by WAGGGS Chief Executive Mary Mc Phail, against a backdrop of much excitement, cheers and applause as delegates held up their country name cards to show their attendance.
Then it was time for serious business as the voting session began. Delegates approved the 33rd World Conference Report and the Triennial Report, and for six Associations it was an extra special moment as they were accepted as Full Members of WAGGGS.
World Board members Gabriela Derosa and Nadine El Achy then presented the highlights and achievements of the centenary celebrations years so far, including an overview of the amazing Young Women’s World Forums (YWWF). A further momentous occasion came when Margaret Treloar handed the YWWF declaration over to Girl Scouts of the USA, who will be hosting the third and final Forum next year.
We then turned our thoughts to the future, as Sapreet Saluja presented Vision 2020 – the results of an extensive consultation with girls, young women, Member Organizations and external partners on their vision for the future of the Movement.
The session closed with presentations from the World Board candidates – we’ll find out on Thursday who will be elected.