World Conference

WAGGGS World Conferences happen every three years and are an important opportunity for decision-making on policies and standards for the following three years.

34th World Conference, Edinburgh
34th World Conference, Edinburgh
34th World Conference, Edinburgh
34th World Conference, Edinburgh
34th World Conference, Edinburgh 
34th World Conference, Edinburgh

The 35th World Conference will be held in Hong Kong in July 2014. Planning is underway and more information will be available in time.

All WAGGGS Member Organizations are invited to send two delegates and a varying number of observers to World Conferences.

World Conference history

World Conferences have been held every three years since 1954. Prior to that they were held every two years, except for a period during the Second World War.

The first World Conference was held in 1920 in Oxford, UK, under the auspices of the International Council, which then became the World Association in 1928.

Here are the dates and locations of all World Conferences so far:

  • 2014: Hong Kong 
  • 2011: Edinburgh, UK
  • 2008: Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 2005: Amman, Jordan
  • 2002: Manila, Philippines
  • 1999: Dublin, Ireland
  • 1996: Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • 1993: Nyborg, Denmark
  • 1990: Singapore
  • 1987: Njoro, Kenya
  • 1984: Tarrytown, New York, USA
  • 1981: Orléans, France
  • 1978: Tehran, Iran
  • 1975: Sussex, UK
  • 1972: Toronto, Canada
  • 1969: Otaniemi, Finland
  • 1966: Tokyo, Japan
  • 1963: Nyborg, Denmark
  • 1960: Athens, Greece
  • 1957: Petropolis, Brazil
  • 1954: Zeist, The Netherlands
  • 1952: Dombås, Norway
  • 1950: Oxford, UK
  • 1948: Cooperstown, New York, USA
  • 1946: Evian, France
  • 1938: Adelboden, Switzerland
  • 1936: Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1943: Adelboden, Switzerland
  • 1932: Bucze, Poland
  • 1930: Foxlease, UK
  • 1928: Parad, Hungary
  • 1926: Briarcliff Manor, New York, USA
  • 1924: Foxlease, UK
  • 1922: Cambridge, UK
  • 1920: Oxford, UK