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My first “Mission” (work trip) for the WSB was only 6 days after starting my new position.

The first hurdle that we had to face was almost missing our connection in Dubai.  There was a sand storm so there were many flight that were delayed and our flight had to circle in the sky for about 45 minutes. Once we landed we had to run from one terminal to another including taking a train between the two with only 20.  When we got to the gate it was closed but as there were other flights that were also in a similar situation to us they held the pane for 45 minutes.

Our first meeting for the trip was with the French Scout associations regarding their plans for COP21 which is to be held in Paris on the 30th of November to the 11th of December. COP IS  the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. COP21 will be a crucial conference, as it needs to achieve a new international agreement on the climate, applicable to all countries, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C. The French Scout Associations have some fantastic ideas.

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A small part of the meeting was also deciding the date for the Scouts of the World Seminar which is going to be held in Paris at the end of the year. I’ll keep you posted once thats all confirmed.

This week Scouts of the team met with UNESCO World Heratige Education department. Together WOSM and UNESCO developed a badge that you can get along side the SW Award called the Patrimonito Scout Badge, if you complete your SWAward in a World Heritage site. How exciting?! We had a very productive meeting writing the guidelines, discussing the pilot project that are running and finally some exciting details for the launch of the project at the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan.

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Check out the view from the canteen at UNESCO.  Impressive

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Coinciding with the trip was the 8th European Scout Agora that was running at Jambville so we were able to visit the Rovers there for 2 days. Jambville is a chateau that dates for the 15th to 17th century and is the National Training Centre for Scouts and Guides of France. Impressive!! During our visit I presented my first official talk on the Scouts of the World Award to the 18 countries from across Europe that were represented at the Agora.

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I was able to join in with the fantastic program that had been put together by a very enthusiastic and strong team of Rovers. International night is always a lots of fun and a great way for people to bond and get to know one another better. This was no exception.

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As Jambville is 50 km out of Paris a day trip was on the agenda for Friday.  The participants were given a list of tasks to to and they had to take photos of them all once completed. I think our group nailed the first one: Take a photo with a Japanese or Chinese tourist with them wearing the Agora Scarf.  Good work team!!

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Finally over the weekend the Scouts of the World Award sub-unit met in Paris at Scouts et Guides de France headquaters. We have an Egyptian, Australian, French and Maldivian in this highly motivated sub-unit. We discussed in detail and made further changes to the Guidelines and Implementation Manual of SWAward. The most significant moment was when Vincent Perraud handed over to me the new SW Award intern.

Me about to laugh, as usual.

Me about to laugh, as usual.

I can’t wait to get back to KL and get started with all the work that this week has produced for me.  I feel so much more in control now and know what to do and where I’m going.

The best way to spend a weekend! Incredible people, inspiring ideas and joint efforts to create a better world! ‪#‎SWAward‬

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