On November 28th, the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) celebrated in a high-level reception the fifth anniversary since opening its international Support Centre in Kuala Lumpur. The event brought together representatives from the Government of Malaysia as well as Heads of Diplomatic Missions and representatives from international organizations in Malaysia to mark the occasion and highlight the progress made by the Scout Movement around the world.
The high-level event was hosted by Dato Yeoh Soo Keng, World Scout Foundation Board Member, and featured the participation of His Excellency Ban Ki-moon, 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations and Honorary Chief Scout of Korea, as well as the Honourable Tuan Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, Minister of Youth and Sports, Member of Parliament for Muar, and Youth Chief of BERSATU.
Minister Saddiq said,
“Great to meet up with Ban Ki-moon, the 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations. We share a common belief that the youths are not just leaders of tomorrow, but also leaders of today. If we fail to serve the Youths, we fail to future-proof the world.”
Over the past five years, the World Scout Bureau office in Kuala Lumpur has hosted more than 100 international meetings and trainings involving thousands of participants. The headquarters has also receives annually visits from hundreds of guests including CEOs of other international Youth Movements, delegations of Foreign Ministers of Education, United Nations representatives and executives from World Scouting’s key partners such as WWF and the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies as well as national leadership from WOSM’s Member Organizations.
“We are proud to call Kuala Lumpur home to our global operations and we look forward to continuing our close collaboration with the Malaysian Government and civil society who have been exceptional partners in supporting the work of Scouting,”
said Ahmad Alhendawi, Secretary-General of WOSM, who also serves as a Board member of the Ban Ki-moon Centre.
The reception featured digital photo exhibition and videos highlighting Scouting’s key initiatives such as Messengers of Peace and Scouts for SDGs. As the world’s largest educational youth movement, Scouting aims to engage young people across Malaysia and around the world in building a global culture of peace and contributing to sustainable development through millions of individual and community service actions.
Dato Yeoh Soo Keng welcomed guests and spoke about how World Scout Foundation has contributed towards the growth and impact of the Scout Movement over the years,
“I am proud to serve as a Board member of the Foundation which strives to develop and strengthen the impact of Scouting by providing financial resources and other support to the World Organization of the Scout Movement. By investing in scouting, we can unleash the power young people to create a better world,” said Dato Yeoh Soo Keng.
Through the World Scout Foundation, individuals who make a contribution towards Scouting are recognized as Baden Powell Fellows and personally awarded a special insignia by His Majesty Carl XVI Gustaf, The King of Sweden. Today there are over 2,500 Fellows spread throughout 70 countries and territories worldwide.