Monday, 7 July 2014

35th World Conference of WAGGGS in Hong Kong


Well, who would have thought?! Here we are sitting in a conference room with 600 women from 145 different countries representing Irish Girl Guides! It is an amazing privilege and we are delighted to be a voice for IGG’s 12000 members at the global level of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.

Being here with so many different languages, cultures and people demonstrates how each one of us and each one of you, are 1 in 10 million WAGGGS members around the world. There is strength in numbers and to see the difference Guiding & Girl Scouting is making in the lives of so many people is inspiring!

We arrived in Hong Kong a day or two early to acclimatise to the venue and the 30 degree heat. But its not just the weather thats warm - the welcome from the local Hong Kong Girl Guide
Association has been fantastic. Their organising committee and service team are doing a great job and it brings back many memories of being on the 1999 World Conference team in Dublin! Hard to believe that was 15 years ago! Guiding has offered both of us such wonderful opportunities since then and we are happy to apply all those experiences to ensure we learn from this event bringing information back to IGG and also bringing IGG’s opinions and voice to share with the others present at this conference! 

Day 1 of the World Conference was a day of high emotion with some associations receiving full
membership, an inspiring speech from Princess Mabel Van Oranje and a wonderful Opening
Banquet with local and international dignitaries. It was also an opportunity to meet with new and
old Guiding friends and discuss some of the important topics of the conference - membership,
finances, federations and the fifth world centre project! 

For full report see http://www.wagggs.org/en/35worldconference/25wcnews  !
Follow us on twitter with the hashtag #35WoCo or find us on Facebook !

And check in tomorrow for more updates from Hong Kong.
Helen Concannon (Chief Commissioner) and Lorna Finnegan (International Commissioner) 

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