The 39th World Scout Conference was held from the 10th to 14th of January 2011 at Estação Convention Center in Curitiba, Brazil. Built in 2004, it's a state-of-the-art, world-class convention center with 25,000 square meters of fully air-conditioned space able to host events for up to 5,000 people .
Curitiba, the capital city of the State of Paraná, is a modern and cosmopolitan city in Southern Brazil. Care for nature is a characteristic of the city where we count 55 square meters of 'green space' per inhabitant. Just the parks and plazas alone add up to over 80 million square meters. Curitiba also has an very efficient public transportation system, modern and efficient hotels and various convention centers with the necessary infrastructure, safety and comfort to host a big event.
It is easy to get to Curitiba: it is 800 km from Rio de Janeiro and only 400 km from São Paulo, which means no more than 40 minutes by plane. It has an international airport that connects the city to all parts of the country and to many cities in other countries.
The World Scout Conference is the governing body, the "general assembly" of Scouting, and is composed of all the members of the World Organization: the National Scout Organizations.
Its function is to consider the policy and standards of the Scout Movement throughout the world, formulate the general policy of the World Organization, and take the action required to further the purpose of the Movement.
National Scout Organizations must gain recognition from the World Scout Conference to become members of WOSM - and there can only be one NSO per country. In the case of a country having more than one Scout Association, a federation is formed for the purposes of national coordination and world membership. Member Organizations can be represented at World Scout Conferences by a maximum of six delegates.
The Conference meets every three years and observers authorised by their National Scout Organization are also eligible to register and attend the event. Delegations usually include International Commissioners, the Scout responsible for relations with WOSM and with Scout Organizations in other countries.
One of the functions of the Conference is to elect members of the World Scout Committee, admit new member countries, and select the venues for forthcoming World Scout Events, namely the World Scout Jamboree, the World Scout Moot, the World Scout Conference and the World Scout Youth Forum.
39th World Scout Conference Report
Triennial Review 2008-2011
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History of World Scout Conferences