The UPS/WAGGGS partnership has been going since 2003. Each phase has supported Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world, from building membership and capacity in our Member Organisations to enabling girls and young women to make their voices heard at international events such as the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP). The partnership has also aimed at encouraging UPS employee engagement utilising UPS's global reach and wide staff base to encourage cooperation and direct involvement in the programmes delivered.
The 2017-2019 WAGGGS/UPS phase of the partnership has a focus on Diversity, Inclusion and Leadership Development and works with 10 Member organisations around the world including Mexico (Guías de México – GdM); Nigeria (Nigerian Girl Guiding Association - NGGA); The Netherlands (Scouting Nederland - SN); The UK (Girlguiding UK - GGUK); and selected Member organisations across WAGGGS Arab Region: Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman and Palestine.
Each Member Organisation is focused on engaging underrepresented communities and establishing a diversity and inclusion framework. In the Arab Region the programme is called “Be the Change” and it aims to mobilise young women to effect social change based on the implementation of projects related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It will inspire girls and young women to lead change around each of the goals in their communities.