Update on Eurasia Regional structure review

22/2022
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World Scout Bureau Global Support Centre, Kuala Lumpur from Worldwide

Dear friends,

During its meeting in September 2022, the World Scout Committee (WSC) reviewed the progress of its joint Contact Group with the Eurasia Scout Committee to assess the opportunities, challenges, and continued viability of the Eurasia Regional structures.

This process was the result of a formal request by the Eurasia Scout Committee to the WSC in April 2022 following the receipt of several letters from Eurasia National Scout Organizations (NSOs) that outlined continued challenges in the construct of the Eurasia Region - a reality further complicated by escalating geopolitical events between countries in the Region.

The Contact Group reported to the WSC on an extensive series of consultations it undertook with NSOs, the Regional Scout Committee, as well as young people and Adult Leaders in the Region. The Contact Group also reviewed inputs from the WSC’s Finance and Constitutions Committee, and looked at the context that led to the two previous WSC reviews of the Eurasia Region that took place respectively in 2018 (see Circular 21/2018) and 2020 (see Circular 04/2020).

In its deliberations, the WSC agreed on a series of objectives as a path forward until its next meeting in March 2023. The objectives include to:

  • Re-emphasise the primary objective for WOSM support structures to nurture and strengthen Scouting at the grassroots level, while ensuring that all NSOs in the Region continue to receive dedicated services and support from WOSM.
  • Follow up on the concerns and requests expressed in individual letters from NSOs in Eurasia, taking into account the ongoing review process managed by the Contact Group.
  • Request that the World Scout Bureau (WSB) prepare an operational proposal that maps out the financial, budget, legal, institutional, and operational consequences and risks of potentially phasing out the governance structures of the Eurasia Region while ensuring continued dedicated operational support to NSOs.
  • Work with the leadership of the European and Asia-Pacific Regions to explore the operational impact, capacity, and timelines of NSOs wishing to potentially transition from the Eurasia Region (so wishing) to the Europe and Asia-Pacific Regions.

The WSC has tasked the Contact Group to manage the implementation of the above objectives with an aim to produce a final report and proposals for decision by the next WSC meeting in March 2023. The WSC has also invited representatives from the European and Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Committees to join the Contact Group to ensure a strong collaborative approach in working towards a positive outcome.

In addition, the Eurasia Scout Committee met on 22-23 October and emphasised the importance of the work being done by WSC and its Contract Group and stressed the urgency to complete the process by March 2023, as envisioned by the WSC, considering the impact on regional activities and events.

We will share further updates on this review after the next WSC meeting. If you have any questions on this topic, please contact Srinath Tirumale Vengopal, Regional Director Eurasia at srinath@scout.org, who serves as the lead staff support to the Contact Group.

Yours in Scouting,

 

Ahmad Alhendawi

Secretary General

World Organization of the Scout Movement

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