35 World Conference
We’re excited to announce that the 35th World Conference is taking place in Hong Kong from 5 to 9 July 2014 and will be hosted by the Hong Kong Girl Guides Association.
We are expecting in excess of 600 delegates from 145 Member Organizations around the world to come together and make key decisions about the future of the Movement, to share, learn and inspire each other as we embark on the next triennium. There will be input from keynote speakers, training and best practice, plus an array of educational opportunities, not to mention an opportunity to experience a little bit of our host nation culture.
The Regal Airport Hotel Meeting Room, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
- 31 January 2014 - Motions deadline
- 28 February 2014 - Early bird registration cut off date
Register your Interest deadline looms
With the Holiday season almost upon us and the 35th World Conference not far behind, planning is now well underway.
You will remember we sent you the booking pack with information on the 35th World Conference taking place in Hong Kong on 5-9 July 2014, well now is the time for you to act…
The deadline for Expression of Interest to the World Conference is the 22nd December 2013…this date is now fast approaching and we encourage you to submit your Expression of Interest form found here, if you have not already done so.
Please be reminded that soon after, the early bird discount will expire on 28th February 2014, where the registration costs will rise by 15%.
Don’t delay, book your place today!
Nominations Pack now available
Member Organizations are invited to submit nominations for the World Board election which will take place at the 35th World Conference in July 2014 in Hong Kong. As part of the major governance review launched in Edinburgh in 2011 the Board decided that the decision making bodies of the organization needed to become more strategic. The role description of World Board members was therefore reviewed to ensure that the organization has the high-performing strategic board it needs to bring about the change we have imagined. See conference documents to find the pack.
As part of the programme to update WAGGGS’ governance the Board agreed in 2013 to proceed to incorporating WAGGGS as a Charitable Incorporated Organization, with a new constitution. As announced at the Regional Conferences earlier this year, although the time frame is very tight, it is critical that Member Organizations have the opportunity to review the proposed changes before the final draft constitution is submitted to the UK regulators for approval, before being put to the vote at the 35th World Conference in July 2014. You will find the documents by clicking on this link and we would encourage you to share your questions or feedback on our website forum or email address. The consultation will continue until 10 January 2014.
Please see our online forum to post feedback and discuss the review.
You can find the documents in the Conference Documents section.
REMINDER: Call for Bids
Please be reminded that we are accepting bids to host the 36th World Conference in 2017.
If you are interested in hosting the next World Conference, please complete the bid form here.
All bids are to be submitted to Catherine Roberts at the Bureau: Catherine@wagggsworld.org
Motion deadline postponed until January 2014
At the World Conference in 2011, it was agreed that WAGGGS “will develop and ensure good governance at world and regional level, to set a good example for the rest of the organisation.”
Consequently, in preparing for the 2014 World Conference, the World Board and the World Conference Procedural team have reviewed the current Rules of Procedure and agreed a series of changes intended to modernise and simplify our ways of working. For example we will be introducing a simpler voting system for the World Board election and social media will be actively encouraged as a way of communicating the business of conference to our wider membership. As a consequence we will no longer operate 'closed sessions'.
In addition, we have reviewed the timetable for the submission of motions. It is essential that all motions and their associated implications are fully understood by the MO's being asked to vote on them. This means that we need to circulate the motions early, provide sufficient time for them to be discussed and reviewed within the decision making structures of the MO's and create the opportunity for any necessary clarification to be provided. This will ensure fully worked up and considered motions are presented to conference and will allow for full and informed debate on the key issues. This process already applies to all those motions that require a two thirds majority vote, which is all motions relating to general policy and finance. For the World Conference in 2014 this principle will be applied to all motions. Consequently, new motions will need to be submitted by 31st January 2013. Amendments to motions can be made during the conference in line with the conference timetable, but no new motions can be submitted at the World Conference.
Should you require any assistance please contact Catherine Roberts at the Bureau: Catherine@wagggsworld.org
Join Sangam for a World Conference detox!
Sangam World Centre is offering you an unique opportunity to experience the luxury of a post World Conference detox experience at your world home in India. Come and be pampered whilst soaking up the atmosphere of Sangam with your Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting friends. In house detox experiences include yoga, massage, swimming and much more – all included in one affordable package deal made for you! Click through for more details…