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UNEP Signs Agreement With World Scout Movement

Nairobi, 7 July 2004 - United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM). The MoU was signed by Klaus Toepfer, UNEP's Executive Director and Eduardo Missoni, Secretary General of WOSM.

The Scout Movement is the largest youth organisation with a membership of over 30 million youth (6 to 30 years) and is present in over 215 countries and territories. The Scout Movement was started in 1907 by Lord Baden-Powell. Scouts mainly undertake outdoor activities and are therefore exposed and closely linked to nature. This exposure and interaction with nature has sensitized scouts on the need to conserve and care for the environment. The Scout Movement world wide undertake clean-ups and tree planting campaigns, engage in reforestation and soil conservation activities and develop and use energy saving devices.

UNEP started its work with young people in 1985, the International Youth Year. Since then, it has developed several global and regional initiatives, activities and networks for children and youth and published information materials for young people. In February 2003, UNEP adopted a long-term strategy for engaging and involving children and youth in its work. One of the key activities envisaged in the strategy is the development of partnerships with international and regional organizations dealing with young people. This Memorandum of Understanding is in direct response to the need to increase UNEPís partnerships with international youth organizations.

This Memorandum provides for a partnership between WOSM and UNEP to develop joint activities in order to promote environmental activities and actions among members of WOSM including organizing public awareness campaigns, participating in World Environment Day commemorations and endorsing and participating in scout actions and advocacy. WOSM will also support the implementation of UNEP long-term strategy on engagement and involvement of young people in environmental issues, which was adopted by governments in 2003. UNEP will also support the implementation of WOSMís environmental actions.

For more information please contact Eric Falt Spokesperson/Director of UNEPís Division of Communications and Public Information, Tel: +254 20 623292, Email: eric.falt@unep.org or Theodore Oben Head of Children and Youth/Sport and the Environment Unit, Tel: +254 20 623937, Email: theodore.oben@unep.org