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.
Delegates at the 34th World Conference asked that a review of WAGGGS governance be carried out over the triennium to make WAGGGS an example of best practice. With that mandate in mind the Governance Review Task Group explored ways to bring about positive change and its recommendations are outlined in Governance review conference documents.
The review has focussed on three areas: the role of the board has become more strategic and less management orientated; a new nominations committee has been created which has resulted in a 100per cent increase in the number of candidates; incorporation is being recommended as the best legal form to fit our modern global organization and a new improved constitution is proposed to support this.
The 34th World Conference procedural manual has been reviewed after the last conference and the new Rules approved by the World Board are also enclosed.
Download Conference Document no.3: Governance review report and recommendations and the CIO Constitution
Download Conference Document no.1: Conference Rules of Procedure
WAGGGS’ Global Membership development strategy
WAGGGS is currently reaching less than one per cent of the 900 million girls under 15 years old living in the world. Vision 2020 commits WAGGGS to finding ways to ensure that all girls and young women are valued and take action to change the world. This means we need to reach more girls and young women. One avenue to do this is through membership growth.
The need for a Membership Development Strategy, to focus on driving both growth and quality of membership, was first identified by the World Board in 2010. The Membership Development Strategy Working Group (MDSWG) was formed in 2011 to create this long-term plan for the organization.
After many meetings and discussions between the Working Group volunteers, the World Board and WAGGGS staff; reviews and analysis of policies, research and data; and consultations at the 2013 Regional Conferences, the Global Membership Development Strategy is the result of this work to set out WAGGGS’ plan to grow to 12 million members, 158 MOs and increase the quality of our membership service to our Members by 2020.
Download Conference Document 6: Membership Development Strategy
Global Strategic Plan
During the 2012 – 2014 triennium, we started the journey towards achieving our new Vision of a world where “all girls and young women are valued and take action to change the world,” and continued with our Mission to “ensure that all girls and young women can reach their fullest potential as responsible citizens of the world.”
The 2015 - 2017 Global Strategic Plan is our roadmap for how we continue the journey to Vision 2020 together. During the next triennium, we have a real opportunity to make significant progress on our aspirations togrow the Movement so that more girls in more places have a quality Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting experience. And we must look carefully at how we organize, govern and resource the Movement so that we are inclusive, democratic and strong.
So please do carefully review Conference Document 5 and come to Hong Kong ready to engage in conversations around the future of our Movement and ultimately to decide on the strategic plan for 2015 – 2017.
Download Conference Document 5: Global Strategic Plan
Place your Special Interest Group requests
We need your help to shape elements of the first day of the World Conference. We have programmed in a significant space for Special Interest Groups, which are gatherings of those delegates with common interests. In the past we have held meetings of Honorary Associates and French speaking associations- would you like to help us shape the event by suggesting a Group? We are asking for suggestions for any interest group sessions you would be interested in attending or hosting to be sent in to: firstname.lastname@example.org by 28 March 2014.
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Honorary Associates welcome to Hong Kong
Honorary Associates are invited to join us at the 35th World Conference in July 2014, in Hong Kong. Your attendance will be at your own expense and we encourage you to take note of the early bird discount applied, should registration forms be received by 28th February 2014. To begin your booking process, please click on the registration tab on this page.