Scouts for SDGs will see 50 millions Scouts making the largest coordinated popular contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, with a pledge of three billion hours of community service to the SDGs on top of the over one billion hours already delivered. This phenomenal initiative was launched at the United Nations headquarters in New York on 16 November by the new Chief Ambassador of World Scouting, Bear Grylls, at a joint World Scout Foundation and WOSM event, in the presence of Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden, the Foundation Board, Regal Circle donors and heads of international organisations.
“Never before have so many Scouts come together around an engagement of this scale and I’m excited to launch this global activation for young people to contribute to the SDGs,” remarked Bear Grylls.
The historic initiative was warmly received by the UN and other delegates who recognise the unique role that Scouts play in achieving the SDGs, including through programmes such as the Messengers of Peace initiative.
According to Craig Turpie, Chairperson of the World Scout Committee, “Scouts for SDGs is all about the youth of today thinking globally and acting locally–being the change that they want to see in the world.”
Scouts for SDGs builds on existing efforts with an aim to engage the Movement’s 50 million young people in a coordinated effort to deliver two million local projects and an additional three billion hours of service for the SDGs by 2030. It features a digital campaign and online SDG hub as well as new tools and resources for National Scout Organisations to raise awareness and take action for the SDGs.
“With Scouts for SDGs we are intensifying our efforts to unleash the power of millions more young people and tackle some of the most pressing social, environmental, and economic challenges facing our world,” said WOSM Secretary General, Ahmad Alhendawi.
In addition to that, the initiative will also provide financial contributions to local actions by Scouts thanks to support from Alwaleed Philanthropies, United Nations agencies, and a wide network of partners and volunteers that will help expand the effort.
Watch a video message from our new Chief Ambassador of World Scouting, Bear Grylls, here.
Find out about Scouts for SDGs in this short video clip here.