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Scouts continue their strong commitment in the European Youth Forum (YFJ)

1st Jan 2010

Falko Mohrs, representing WOSM, was elected as a board member during the General Assembly of the European Youth Forum which took place in Kiev, Ukraine from 18 to 20 November 2010. WOSM has been active and committed to the work of the Forum and has been involved in the leadership of this important platform over the last years.

The European Youth Forum’s vision is “to be the voice of young people in Europe, where young people are equal citizens and are encouraged and supported to achieve their fullest potential”. The Forum is an umbrella organization for International Youth NGOs and National Youth Councils from all over Europe, working closely with the European Union, the Council of Europe and the United Nations. We are glad that Falko gained wide support from National Youth Councils as well as International Non-Governmental Youth Organisations.

Beside Falko, the Scout Family is represented in the Board through Luca Scarpiello, who was elected as vice president. He stood as a candidate on behalf of the Italian National Youth Council and already served in an outstanding way as a board member for two years. Furthermore, Imse Nilsson was nominated by the Swedish National Youth Council where she represents the Swedish Guide and Scout Organisation.

The YFJ elects its leadership every two years. WOSM warmly thanks Tine Radinja who has served as the President of the platform for the last two years. We also want to warmly thank Johan Ekman who served as a committed board member nominated by Alliansi, in the recent mandate who did outstanding work on the recognition of Youth Rights and contributed a lot to the development of Youth Policy and the platform in Europe and beyond.

During the General Assembly the Foru approved the new work plan for the upcoming two years. The work plan includes, inter alia, the commitment to continue the work on youth rights, maintain its focus on volunteering as well as the involvement in the European Year of Volunteering in 2011 and renewed the willingness to be a responsible actor at the global level. WOSM contributed to the development of the work plan over the past months and is pleased at the priorities outlined as well as the cross cutting approach.

The General Assembly adopted two more policy papers, one on “Young People and Poverty” and another one on “Global Governance” as well as a position paper on “Youth in Action 2.0” (all documents will be available shortly in their final versions).