From the 25th – 29th August 2021, a 10-member delegation from Eswatini Scout Association attended the 42nd World Scout Conference, the largest and first-ever virtual Conference in the history of WOSM. The theme of the Conference was Bridging the World.

Our delegates and observers took an active part in the online proceedings – plenary sessions, break-out meetings, exhibition spaces, meet-and-greet chat hubs and online social events (including a campfire) – and cast ballots electronically for WOSM constitutional amendments, hosts for upcoming world events, and resolutions drafted by the World Scout Committee and various National Scout Organizations. As well, they voted for the new members of the World Scout Committee.

Prior to the conference, one young person represented Eswatini in the 14th World Scout Youth Forum which also was held virtually. Although our youth delegate was not able to actively participate in the Youth Forum due to unforeseen technological challenges, Eswatini fully participated in the elections of six Youth Advisors to the World Scout Committee before joining the World Conference.

These were amazing, memorable experiences for our members. They witnessed first-hand, together with more than 2,300 participants from 170 NSOs present throughout the events, the unity, inclusiveness, progressiveness and governance of the Scouting Movement. They also had the satisfaction of hearing reports on Scouting achievements over the past four years and taking part in global decision-making on matters that will affect young people and adults involved in Scouting all around the world.

Importantly, Eswatini put its stamp of approval on the World Scout Movement Triennial Plan for 2021-2024. The plan forms part of the Strategy for Scouting which aims to make Scouting the world’s leading educational youth movement by 2023, enabling 100 million young people to be active citizens creating positive change in their communities and in the world based on shared values. The Strategy for Scouting is a strategy for the Movement as a whole, implemented across national, regional and world levels. It requires a combined commitment of all National Scout Associations and World Scout Movement bodies to achieve the goals set out in Vision 2023. In this regard, Eswatini Scout Association is expected to make a commitment for the next three years to contribute to the four key themes of Vision 2023 which are Influence, Growth, Impact and Unity.

Other resolutions supported by Eswatini Scout Association addressed youth engagement, safe from harm in Scouting, strengthening the World Scout Movement’s environmental sustainability, COVID-19, peace leadership and a new system for WOSM registration fees.

The World Scout Conference is the governing body of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM). This is where National Scout Organizations from over 170 countries consider the policy and standards of the Scout Movement, formulate the general policy of the organization, and take actions required to further the purpose of Scouting. The World Scout Youth Forum provides an opportunity for young members of World Scouting to discuss and express their views on different issues. The Conference and Forum are held every three years. In 2024 they will be held in Egypt, hosted by the Egyptian Scout Federation.

The newly elected World Scout Committee 2021-2024

Special appreciation to members for taking time from their busy schedules to attend the virtual events as delegates and observers and gain new insights into World Scouting for the betterment of our organization.

Our Delegation was formed as follows:

  1. Nkosinathi Nxumalo – Chief Commissioner (Head of Delegation)
  2. Rodgers Lukhele – Deputy Chief Commissioner (Candidate for WSC)
  3. Mthandeni Ndwandwe – International Commissioner
  4. Samuel Nsibandze – National Executive Commissioner
  5. Sizwe Dlamini – Programme Commissioner
  6. Hulumende Mavuso – Better World Framework Commissioner
  7. Nothando Mamba – National Youth Chairperson
  8. Bheki Dlamini – Regional Commissioner, Manzini
  9. Patrick Dlamini – Regional Commissioner, Shiselweni

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