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OAS and Scouts Team Up to Promote Youth Development in the Americas

  September 27, 2022

OAS and Scouts Team Up to Promote Youth Development in the Americas
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The Organization of American States (OAS) and the World Scout Bureau-Inter-American Region today agreed to promote joint projects for youth related to the promotion of democracy, human rights, the environment and social development.

The Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro, stressed that both institutions share the same "spirit of work" for a culture of democratic values, peace and solidarity. "Through volunteerism, the Scout Movement seeks to forge responsible young people who become agents of change in local, national and international communities," said the OAS Secretary General during the virtual ceremony in which the agreement was signed.

For his part, the Director of the Inter-American Region of the Scout Movement, Raul Vaca, expressed his hope that the union between the two institutions will help many young people in the region to advance their personal development and that of their communities. "The four pillars of the OAS coincide with the values of the Scout Movement. Democracy is present in our organization, our youth and children are defenders of human rights, in terms of security today more than ever our organization wants to make our movement a safe space and our program offers tens of millions of scouts around the world opportunities to contribute to the development of their communities," added Director Vaca.

The Inter-American Region of the Scout Movement, headquartered in Panama, has more than 30 organizations in North, Central and South American countries and more than 3 million members. Through various activities, Scouting contributes to the development of young people so that they can reach their full physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual potential as individuals and as responsible citizens in their local, national and international communities.

Reference: FNE-122887