Guides invited to represent WAGGGS

Two opportunities to represent the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts have been opened to members across the world. As a member of WAGGGS, members of the Girl Guides Association of Barbados are invited to apply to represent WAGGGS at the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change and the Commission on the Status of Women, the body that focuses on gender equality at the United Nations.

The United Nations Convention on Climate Change was signed by countries worldwide almost 20 years ago and today it has near-universal membership. Each year the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC meets to agree upon a way forward in dealing with man-made climate change within the UN framework, including the Kyoto Protocol.

At COP 18 countries will come together once again in Doha, Qatar to try to reach agreement and sign a global deal to reduce human impact on the climate system and adapt to the inevitable impacts of a changing climate.

WAGGGS knows that climate change affects us all, is happening now and that we need to act now. We have been attending these conferences since COP15 in Copenhagen in 2009 to speak out for the rights of Girls and Young Women and directly engage with decision-makers at a global level. COP is also an opportunity for WAGGGS members to promote their Member Organisations and personal climate change projects.

Members can apply for two different roles within the WAGGGS delegations:

* Youth Delegates

* Delegate Coordinators

The Commission on the Status of Women is the body that focuses on gender equality at the United Nations. Every year, representatives of UN Member States gather to evaluate progress on gender equality, identify challenges, set global standards and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality and advancement of women worldwide.

This year Member States will come together to discuss the “Elimination and Prevention of violence against women and girls”. This is an important opportunity for WAGGGS to showcase the Stop the Violence campaign and all the incredible work our Member are doing on this issue.

The Commission on the Status of Women will take place in New York from March 4 to 15, 2013.

What do delegates do?

Pre-Conference: WAGGGS delegates will take part in pre-event training and tasks and do independent research to build their knowledge and skills. They will connect with their national governments and begin lobbying.

Conference: WAGGGS delegates will follow and track negotiations, participate at side events, use blogging, social media and do interviews to share their experiences. They will work with youth from around the world to raise awareness and take action to make our voices heard.

Post-Conference: WAGGGS delegates will use the knowledge and contacts they gain to develop and implement an action plan to tackle climate change on a local level when they return home.

Please communicate your interest to subject attention: International Commissioner, Miss Kurlyne Alleyne for further details on this opportunity.

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