By Laman Ismayilova
Azerbaijan has welcomed the 41st World Scout Conference and the 13th World Scout Youth Forum.
The 41st World Scout Conference kicked off on August 14 in Baku and will run until August 18.The 13th World Youth Scout Forum was held in Gabala from August 7 to 10.
The Conference, held for the first time in Azerbaijan and in the entire Eurasian region, differs from the previous ones by the record number of participants and national scout organizations from around the world.
"I am happy that Azerbaijan hosts the World Scout Conference. Today's conference occupies a special place in the history of scouting,” said Secretary General of the World Organization of Scout Movement (WOSM) Ahmad Alhendawi in his interview with Azertac.
Alhendawi said that the conference participants will not only familiarize themselves with the development of scout movement in the last few years and exchange experiences, but make important decisions for the World Scout Movement to become a major educational movement on the international scene.
"I have been to Azerbaijan several times and each time returned from this country with the impressions of your people's hospitality. I am happy that the conference is being held in Azerbaijan – in the Land of Fire. And this should give the conference participants extra energy during the discussions,” he said.
“I can mention the excellent organization of the forum and conference, including the works done by the Association of Scouts of Azerbaijan, by all local partners, and by the state, and the hospitality of the Azerbaijani people in these events as a whole. On behalf of WOSM, I would like to thank the Association of Scouts of Azerbaijan for what it has done on the eve of the events and for the friendly attitude of the people of Azerbaijan. I would like to particularly underline that the venues where the conference will be held – the Baku Convention Center and the Heydar Aliyev Center are unique architectural pearls," the WOSM Secretary General added.
The World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) is the largest international Scouting organization, attracting millions of young people who become active citizens, creating positive changes in the societies in which they live.
WOSM has 166 members- national scout organizations, which collectively have over 40 million participants.
The Association of Scouts of Azerbaijan is the national Scouting organization of Azerbaijan and was founded in 1997, and became the member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement on August 20, 2000.
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