World Conference - in pictures

More than 500 people came together in Delhi, India for the 36th World Conference. We shared ideas, built connections and worked together to shape the future of our Movement. Thank you to The Bharat Scouts and Guides for hosting such a special event!

  • 36th World Conference - BSG team
  • BSG Service Team
  • Bharat Scouts and Guides - 36th World Conference

The week started with huge celebrations as Syria, Aruba, Azerbaijan and Palestine all became full members of WAGGGS, and Albania and Niger became associate members. We are proud to be growing and to celebrate the diversity and tolerance of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting. In these countries, and around the world, girls’ rights have never been more important.

  • World Conference - new members (Niger)
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  • World Conference - new members (Palestine and Syria)

New membership and the World Conference even made newspaper headlines with this fab story about Girl Scouting in Syria. 


Delegates brought the Conference to life with discussion, questions and debate throughout the week. Thank you for helping us to work towards a brighter future for the Movement and for young people everywhere! 

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  • Plenary - clapping 36th World Conference

#Forherworld was the theme for our 36th World Conference. This was brought to life by all of the young people who made the event shine - whether as Conference Delegates, Service Team Members, interpreters, Committee Members, visitors or guests. We love this photo from the Young Delegates networking event. 

Young Delegates - 36th World Conference Sören Bröcker


Networking, sharing ideas and learning from each other was a vital part of the 36th World Conference. Forum 2017 ensured that our Member Organisations were at the heart of the week's programme. Both by sharing projects and best-practice at the Market of Ideas and through Forum 2017 workshops, you helped to shape an incredible event! 

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Another important purpose of the Conference was meeting new people and sharing a common Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting spirit. Our incredible Keeper of the Flame team helped to ensure that everyone at the 36th World Conference had fun, celebrated Indian and global culture and shared a common purpose. We love these fun photos from our photo booth, International Night and Opening Ceremony - just a few of our highlights from a colourful, cultural week.


  • 36th World Conference - International Night
  • Photo booth World Conference - BSG
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On the Thursday of World Conference, we came together #Forherworld - discussing the role that WAGGGS and each of us can take towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. We want to say a huge thank you to the inspiring speakers who joined us for these sessions!

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  • Come together For her world - panellists
  • Come together for her world - audience

The World Conference can only happen thanks to the incredible volunteers who helped to deliver the event. Service team members, volunteers from The Bharat Scouts and Guides, Committee Members and The World Board all worked with staff to deliver the 36th World Conference. Another very important group of volunteers are our interpreter team. After a week of helping people from 119 countries communicate and understand each other, it seems they needed a little break... 

Interpreters - World Conference Jo Tillotson


On the final day of World Conference our new World Board members were elected. A huge congratulations to Katerina Agorogianni, Tashia Batstone, Normala Baharudin, Heidi Jokinen, Zine Madyibi and Jayne Wachira. 

We also welcomed Ana María Mideros who was elected as new chair of the WAGGGS World Board!

Newly elected World Board - 2017 WAGGGS


While it might be three years away, we're excited to begin working with The Ugada Girl Guides Association to start planning the 37th World Conference. After winning the bid to host the 2020 event, Ugandan delegates really got the party started - and we can't wait to see this excitement in action in three years time! 

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